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Physics A Level at Jack Hunt School

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PHYSICS
A Level AQA

This is a two-year programme of study with examinations in Summer of 2021. There will also be mock examinations in Year 12.

During the course, students will study a range of topics from Particles, Waves, Mechanics to Nuclear Physics. Students will also develop their practical skills and competency by completing a number of required practicals.

Content and Assessment

In order to be successful in Physics, a student must be able to:

1.         Recall factual knowledge, terminology, definitions, conventions, laws and details of
experiment.

2.         Familiarise themselves with experimental techniques, use apparatus and measuring instruments, and present experimental data with reference to accuracy and errors

3.         Solve numerical problems and qualitative problems

4.         Interpret data in various forms, translate data from one form to another, but also analyse and assess unfamiliar data and situations

A-level Physics includes:

Core Content

1.         Measurements and their errors

2.         Particles and radiation

3.         Waves

4.         Mechanics and materials

5.         Electricity

6.         Further mechanics and thermal physics

7.         Fields and their consequences

8.         Nuclear physics

Options:

One option topic that will be:

9.         Astrophysics

Paper 1 

What's assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

PLUS

Paper 2 

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

PLUS

Paper 3 

What's assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 32% of A-level

Questions

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.

35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

40% of the overall assessment of A Level Physics will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.

At least 15% of the overall assessment of A Level Physics will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.

Students will also complete twelve required practicals for which competency in different skills will be assessed. The students will be awarded a competency mark for their practical skills (Pass or Fail) in addition to their A level grade (A* - E).

After the Course

Many scientific, technical and engineering jobs as well as courses of further education require or prefer A Level Physics of their entrants. Physics is recognised as a qualification which “says” a great deal about you as a person who holds it. In addition you will have a fascination for, and a depth of understanding of, things around you which is rare and of continuing value no matter what future path you choose. Previous students have gone into a wide range of courses including; Physics, Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Science, Computer Science, Engineering and non-Science courses.

 

For additional information contact: Mr Cooper

 

Entry requirements

PHYSICS
A Level AQA

This is a two-year programme of study with examinations in Summer of 2021. There will also be mock examinations in Year 12.

During the course, students will study a range of topics from Particles, Waves, Mechanics to Nuclear Physics. Students will also develop their practical skills and competency by completing a number of required practicals.

Entry

To study Physics at A Level, students on either the Combined Science or Separate Science GCSE programmes will be considered, but only if they sit the Higher Tier exams.

If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a 6-6 Grade or above.

If students study Separate Sciences, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics.

Students must also obtain a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

For students from other schools, equivalent Science GCSE courses will be considered.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2018
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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      Introduction

      The Governing Body of Jack Hunt School (Trust) is the Admissions Authority for the school and responsible for admissions to the Sixth Form.

      The school welcomes applications from external applicants as well as those currently at the school.  The capacity for the Sixth Form is 300 places which is a combined figure for both Years 12 and 13.

      The Published Admission Number for external students to join the Sixth Form is 10 places each year.

      Admission to the Sixth Form

      1. Admission to the Sixth Form will be considered for students currently in Year 11 at the school and from those external to the school.

      2. The application process for places in the Sixth Form will be the same for Year 11 students currently at the school and those external to the school.

      3. The entry requirements for admission will be the same for Year 11 students currently at the school and those external to the school.

      4. A conditional offer of a place to external applicants will only be made on the basis of a satisfactory reference from their previous school / college and availability of spaces in chosen subject areas.

      All applications must be received by the published date (see Appendix 2).

      Minimum Entry Requirements

      All those seeking admission to the Sixth Form must achieve the necessary grades for access onto the courses they have chosen.

      For entry onto A Level courses the minimum entry requirement is six full course GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE. For some courses there is no requirement to have studied the subject prior to the Sixth Form. Students may include one Vocational qualification such as BTEC or Cambridge National Course as part of their six 9-4 but may find Level 3 A Level courses extremely challenging with this profile.

      For some individual subjects a grade 5 or 6 in Mathematics will be required. There are also specific subject requirements for Science A Levels. Please check the individual subject pages carefully to note those requirements.

      Students will be required to study a minimum of three subjects in Year 13 to full A Level award.

      Progression from Year 12 to 13 is dependent on good behaviour, good attendance and also on students consistently acting upon and following the academic instructions from their teachers.

      Applications

      Applications should be made through UCAS Progress.

      Oversubscription Criteria

      The over-subscription criteria for the Sixth Form will be applied where the number of external applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form exceeds the published admission number and admission will be determined in accordance with the following admissions criteria:

      1. Children in care (children in public care) and children who were in care, but ceased to be because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

       

      1. Children living in the catchment areas of primary schools:
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      1. Students who have physical impairment or who are deaf for which the school has enhanced resource provision.
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      A Level Courses (General Requirements)

      • Six full course GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.
      • Vocational Level 2 courses (e.g. BTEC, Cambridge National, VCERT) at Pass with five other full course GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.  Only 1 vocational subject can be included.
      • A Grade 4 or above in the subjects to be studied (unless specified below).

      Appendix 1 Minimum Entrance Requirements

      A Level Courses (Specific Subject Requirements)

      Art - students who gained a 6 at GCSE or who have not studied the subject at GCSE may be considered for this course subject to recommendation by the Curriculum Area Leader for Art. A portfolio of work must be submitted for those who have not followed a GCSE course.

      Biology - at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics. If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 6-6 or above. It is important that students obtain a Grade 6 or above in the individual Biology units. If students study Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology.

      Business Studies - at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and a Grade 4 in English Language.

      Chemistry - at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 6-6 or above. It is important that students obtain a Grade 6 or above in the individual Chemistry units.  If students study Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry.

      Economics - at least Grade 5 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language GCSE.

      English Language & Literature - at least Grade 4 in English Language GCSE.

      English Literature – at least Grade 4 in English Language and Literature GCSE.

      Film Studies - at least Grade 4 in English Language and Literature GCSE.

      French - at least Grade 4 at GCSE.

      Geography – at least a Grade 4 in Geography GCSE and at least Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English (Language or Literature).

      History - at least a Grade 4 in GCSE History and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. Students who have not previously studied History or achieved a Grade 4 in History would be considered at the discretion of the CAL and Head of Sixth Form.

      Mathematics - guaranteed entry for students with at least Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

      Further Mathematics - at least Grade 7 on the Mathematics GCSE Higher Paper.

      Music - achieve at least Grade 5 at GCSE Music. Instrumentally or vocally you should aim to be approximately at or above Grade 5 standard. It is also expected that students learn the theory of music to Grade 5 standard, and possess a reasonable grasp of English.

      Physical Education – at least Grade 4 in Science and Grade 4 English Language GCSE.  If students have studied GCSE PE then a Grade 4 must be achieved.

      Physics - at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 6-6 or above. It is important that students obtain a Grade 6 or above in the individual Physics units.  If students study Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics.

      Product Design - achieve at least a Grade 5 in Design Technology GCSE and a Grade 4 in Mathematics is required.

      Psychology - at least Grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language GCSE.

      RE - at least Grade 4 at GCSE English Language or Literature is the minimum required as well as a 4 grade in GCSE Religious Education (if taken) or an equivalent written based subject.

      Sociology - at least Grade 4 in English Language GCSE.

      Spanish - at least Grade 4 at GCSE.

      Theatre Studies - at least Grade 4 in English (Language or Literature) GCSE.  If you have taken GCSE Drama it is expected you will have achieved a Grade 4.

      Urdu - at least a Grade 4 in GCSE.

      Health & Social Care - Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

      Six full course GCSEs at Grade C / Grade 4-5 or above one must be in English.

      Applied Science BTEC Level 3

      Students must have the following requirements in Science:

      Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 4-4 or above and at least a Grade 4 in all individual units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 4 or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All individual units must be at least a Grade 4.  Students must also obtain a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics.