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Physics A Level at The Grove School

Course description

A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study
optional topics that particularly interest them - including Astrophysics, Medical Physics
and Applied Physics.
There are six units in the specification - three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are
assessed by exam. There are two units assessing investigative and practical skills.
AS Units
Unit 1 - PHYA1 Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity
Written Examination - (70 marks/120 UMS), 6 or 7 structured questions
1¼ hours
40% of the total AS marks
20% of the total A Level marks
Unit 2 - PHYA2 Mechanics, materials and waves
Written Examination - (70 marks/120 UMS), 6 or 7 structured questions
1¼ hours 40% of the total AS marks
20% of the total A Level marks
1 hour 45 mins written exam
worth 50% of AS Level and 25% of A Level
Unit 3 Investigative and practical skills in AS Physics
20% of the total AS marks
10% of the total A Level marks

A2 Units
Unit 4 - PHYA4 Fields and further mechanics
Written Examination - (75 marks/120 UMS)
1¾ 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 the options below
Written Examination - (75 marks/120 UMS)
1¾ hours
Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics - 40 marks -
Compulsory section 4/5 structured questions
Section B: one of the following options.
Each paper has 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks.
Options:
A - Astrophysics
B - Medical Physics
C - Applied Physics
D - Turning Points in Physics
20% of the total A Level marks (Section A 10%, Section B 10%) A
Unit 6 Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics
10% of the total A Level marks

Entry requirements

College entry requirements: 6 GCSE s at grades A*-C in six
different subjects including English and Maths
+ GCSE Grade B in Physics and B in Maths with at least a C in
Biology and Chemistry or BB in Core and Additional Sciences
and a B in Maths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grove School directly.

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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