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AS/A2 Level Physics at Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School - a Science College

Course description

The A2 Level covers three units which are Waves, Fields and Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Instability, including the Medical Physics option.

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Syllabus Information

The AS GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. The AS GCE is assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed the first year of study (both in terms of teaching time and content) of the corresponding two-year Advanced GCE course, ie between GCSE and Advanced GCE.

From September 2008 the AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units, of which two are externally assessed and one is internally assessed. These units form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE.

Unit 1 . PHYA1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

Written Examination. 1 ¼ hours ( 40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total A-Level marks)

Unit 2 . PHYA2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Written Examination. 1 ¼ hours  (40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total A-Level marks)

Unit 3 Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics

PHA3T, Centre Marked Route T . 50 marks. (20% of the total AS marks , 10% of the total A-Level marks)

Syllabus Information

The Advanced GCE follows on from the AS course and requires successful completion of the AS course.  From September 2009 the Advanced GCE is made up of the AS units plus a further three mandatory units, of which two are externally assessed and one is internally assessed. 

Unit 4 . PHYA4 Fields and Further Mechanics

Written Examination . 75 marks,    1 ¾ hours.

Section A is 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark.  Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks.  20% of the total A-Level marks.

Unit 5 . One of Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D

Written Examination . 75 marks.1 ¾ hours

Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics . 40 marks  Compulsory section of 4/5 structured questions. Section B: Each paper has 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks on one of the following options.

.Options: A – Astrophysics   B - Medical Physics   C - Applied Physics    D - Turning Points in Physics. 20% of the total A-Level marks (Section A 10%,

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is a grade B at GCSE in either the triple or dual award.

Assessment

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Further information

 

Unit 1

PHYA1     Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

Unit 2

PHYA2      Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Unit 3

PHA3T      Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics

Unit 4

 

 

Unit 4

PHYA4 Fields and Further Mechanics

Unit 5

Unit 5 .   OPTIONS: One of Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D

Unit 6

Internal Assessment Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics   PHA6T

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School - a Science College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Course code: AQA PHYSICS A

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