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Physics A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Year 13.

Topic 1: Measurements and Errors
Topic 2: Particles and radiation
Topic 3: Waves and optics
Topic 4: Mechanics & Materials
Topic 5: Electricity

Topics 1 – 5 taught in Year 12. Also in Year 12 students complete 6 required practicals. These will be assessed in public examinations.

Topic 6: Further Mechanics
Topic 7: Fields
Topic 8: Nuclear Physics
Topic 9: Option Topic

Topics 6 – 9 taught in Year 13. Also in Year 13 students complete 6 more required practicals. These will be assessed in public examinations.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Paper 1: (90 minutes)
50%
70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic.

Paper 2: (90 minutes)
50%
Section A: 20 marks of short and long answers covering practical skills and data analysis;
Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic;
Section C: 30 marks of multiple choice.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Topics 1 – 6 & periodic motion (6.1) (2hrs)
34%
85 marks: 60 marks of short and long answer questions, 25 marks of multiple choice.

Paper 2: topics 6.2-8 (2hrs)
34%
85 marks: 60 marks of short and long answer questions, 25 marks of multiple choice, assumed knowledge from previous topics.

Paper 3: Practical skills & option topic.
32%
80 marks: 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis; 35 marks of short and long answer questions from the option topic.

Further information

WIDER READING

MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS:
- Physical Sciences Review

NATURE:
- Scientific American
- New Scientist

BOOKS:
- Brian Cox: Human Universe, Why does E=MC2?, The Quantum Universe
- Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time, The Grand Design
-Brain Greene: The Elegant Universe, The Hidden Reality
- John Gribbin: In Search of Schroedinger’s Cat
- Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, QED, Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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