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Physics A Level at Ponteland Community High School

Course description

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR? People who:

Are interested in trying to explain how natural and man - made things work

Enjoy learning through practical activities

Are interested in logical arguments based on evidence

Want to have a wide range of career options

Want to develop their problem solving capabilities

Want to equip themselves for technical and ICT challenges

Want to gain a qualification that is highly respected by universities and employers

Course content

This is a context based course. Students study physics in a range of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary physics. The course provides a distinctive structure within which students study fundamental physical concepts and physics in everyday and technological settings. Practical skills are embedded within the specification and carried out in preparation for a written exam that will specifically test these skills.

Entry requirements

Grade C+ in English and maths AND BB+ in dual science OR B+ in physics. Maths is an essential element of A level physics. Students with grade C in GCSE m aths will find the course very demanding.

Assessment

AS Level (all modules assessed at end of Year 12):

Foundations of physics (01) 70 marks - 1 hr 30 min written paper (50% of AS level)

Physics in depth (02) 70 marks - 1 hr 30 min written paper (50% of AS level) A Level (all modules assessed at end of Year 13): 

Fundamentals of physics (01) 110 marks - 2 hr 15 min written paper (41% of A level)

Scientific literacy in physics (02) 100 marks - 2 hr 15 min written paper (37% of A level)

Practical skills in physics (03) 60 marks - 1 hr 30 min written paper (22% A level)

Practical endorsement in physics (04) (non - exam assessment) Reported separ ate ly

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ponteland Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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