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Physics A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

All our A-Level courses are run by experienced A-Level teachers who are subject specialists and the results of August 2016 continue a trend of improvement, with the best examination results to date.  Apart from first rate teaching and learning, Year 12 and Year 13 class sizes are small which leads to more personalised learning and individual attention, and there is a weekly drop in session for each science discipline which allows students an even greater level of support as it is required.  

At the start of each year all science students benefit from a series of induction lessons to focus and up-skill them for their studies ahead.  All students receive a textbook and a course handbook which outlines the course and includes a personalised learning checklist to aid learning as well as an in-house exam technique guide designed using the wealth of experience within the department.

This is a progressive department where we aim to nurture independent learners ready for the challenges of university and work, therefore in addition to teachers tracking progress, students are expected to take ownership of their study through the use of their MYPLC App and Google Drive.

Course content

Year 12
 
1. Quantities and units
2. Practical skills
3. Rectilinear motion
4. Linear momentum
5. Forces
6. Work, energy and power
7. Charge and current
8. Potential difference and electromotive force
9. Current - potential difference relationships
10. Series and parallel circuit and potential dividers
11. Fluids
12. Solid materials
13. Nature of waves
14. Transmission and reflection of waves
16. Superposition of waves
17. Particle nature of light 
 
Year 13
 
18. Momentum and energy
19. Motion in a circle
20. Electric fields
21. Capacitance
22. Magnetic fields
23. Electrons and nuclei
24. Particle physics
25. Nuclear decay
26. Specific heat capacity
27. Internal energy, absolute zero and change of state
28. Gas Laws and kinetic theory
29. Universal gravitation
30. Astrophysics
31. Cosmology
32. Oscillations 
 

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE Physics and Chemistry or Biology
Grade A in GCSE Science A and grade A in Additional Science
Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics 
Grade 6 in GCSE English Language 
 

Assessment

The AS GCE Physics assessment is based on Paper 1 and Paper 2 (each paper consisting of 2 sections: A and B). Section A will assess the topics listed for each paper. Section B can include data analysis, or set within an experimental context, and draw on topics from the whole specification. 

  • Paper 1: 1h 30 min; 80 marks; 50% of AS level
  • Paper 2: 1h 30 min; 80 marks; 50% of AS level

This is a stand-alone qualification.

Students can continue to complete a full A Level in Physics but will complete 3 different exams at the end of the 2 year course (Paper 1, 2 and 3). 

  • Paper 1: 1h 45 mins; 90 marks; 30% of A level
  • Paper 2: 1h 45 mins; 90 marks; 30% of A level
  • Paper 3: 2h 30 mins; 120 marks; 40% of A level

Practical skills and techniques will be assessed by your teachers using the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC) and students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the CPAC will receive a ‘pass’ grade. 16 core practicals will be carried out (they will cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure) and write ups will be kept in school and moderated by Edexcel. Knowledge of core practicals will be tested within exam papers. 

Future opportunities

Physics is essential and compliments Mathematics for those wishing to study all branches of engineering and astronomy. It can also be taken with the other sciences, Chemistry and Biology, leading to careers in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and forensics. 

Physics is essential and compliments Mathematics for those wishing to study all branches of engineering and astronomy. It can also be taken with the other sciences, Chemistry and Biology, leading to careers in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy and forensics. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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