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AS/A2 LEVEL PHYSICS at Plantsbrook School

Course description

AQA Advanced GCE in Physics B

Course content

 

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

Topic list

  • The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and photons, hadrons and leptons, the quark model.
  • Quantum phenomena including photo-electricity, energy levels and photon emission, wave particle duality.
  • Electricity including electrical quantities, resistivity, circuits and components, alternating current.

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Topic list
  • Mechanics, including motion along a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, energy and power.
  • Properties of materials, including density and the Young modulus.
  • Waves, including longitudinal and transverse waves, progressive and stationary waves, refraction, diffraction and interference.

 

Unit 3: Centre assessed unit

Practical skills

  • Selection and use of various equipment.
  • Processing of data.
  • Making observations and measurements.
  • Analysing and evaluation of results..

 

Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics

Topic list

  • Further mechanics, including momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion.
  • Fields, including gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction.

 

Unit 5: This unit is comprised of two sections

 

Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics

Topic list

  • This section builds on key ideas about particles and energy from AS physics and covers probing the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear instability and nuclear energy as well as the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases.

 

Section B: Option Unit

Topic list

This section will provide students opportunities to develop deeper knowledge and understanding in the area of applied Physics.

  • Applied Physics: rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, engines.

 

Unit 6: Centre assessed unit

Practical skills

  • Selection and use of various equipment.
  • Processing of data.
  • Making observations and measurements.

 

Analysing and evaluation of results

This unit will involve the centre assessment of practical and investigative skills. Centres will be required to provide an assessment of practical skills throughout the course. In addition there will be an awarding body set investigative skills assignment (ISA), which will be assessed by centres. There will be an assignment for each module, although only one would need to be completed.

Entry requirements

 

All students are expected to have achieved two Grades Bs from their GCSE courses (one from core and one from additional science) or have gained two Grade Bs from the separate sciences, one of which should be in Physics.

 

In addition, pupils should have gained at least a Grade B in GCSE Maths and a B in English in order to have a sufficient level of numeracy and literacy to study this subject effectively.

 

Students are expected to have an interest in Science and particularly in Physics.  It is essential that students are self motivated, independent thinkers, organised, can meet deadlines, work independently and are prepared to work hard, both in lessons and in their own time.

Assessment

 

Unit 1

Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

Written examination of 1¼ hours duration.  40% of the AS marks.

20% of the A2 mark.

Unit 2

Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Written examination of 1¼ hours duration.  40% of the AS marks.

20% of the A2 mark.

Unit 3

Centre Assessed Unit

Centre assessed unit of 1 hour duration.  20% of the AS marks.  10% of the total A level mark.

Unit 4

Fields and Further Mechanics

Assessment is a written examination of 1¾   hours.

20% of the A2 mark

Unit 5

 

Section A -Nuclear and Thermal Physics

Written paper 1¾ hours.

20% of total A Level mark.

Section B - Option Unit – Applied Physics/Rotational Dynamics/Thermodynamics/Engines

The option question paper comprises of 4/5 compulsory structures questions.  There will be 35 raw marks.

Unit 6

Centre Assessed Unit

10% of total A Level marks.

50 raw marks in this unit.

 

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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