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Physics A Level at Mill Hill County High School

Course description

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course.  Assessment of practical skills will be by written exams only, with 15% of the marks in the papers, relating to practical work. There are six specified practical tasks which must be carried out by all students and these are listed in the specification. However, this list is not designed to limit the practical activities carried out by students. A rich practical experience will include more than the required practical activities.

The AS is a stand-alone qualification, but the content is identical to the first year of the A Level.

Course content

1.  Measurements and their errors - The use of SI units and their prefixes. The limitations of physical measurement; the
     estimation of physical quantities.
2.  Particles and radiation - The constituents of the atom, particle interactions and the collisions of electrons with atoms.
3.  Waves - Progressive waves, interference and diffraction.
4.  Mechanics and materials - Projectiles and Newton’s Laws of Motion.
5.  Electricity - Current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance.
6.  Further Mechanics and Thermal physics - Periodic motion, thermal energy transfer and the molecular kinetic theory
     model.
7.  Fields and their consequences - Newton’s Laws of Gravitation, the orbits of planets and satellites and magnetic flux
     density.
8.  Nuclear Physics - Evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay and nuclear instability.
Option
12.Turning Points in Physics - The discovery of the electron and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Mathematics together with EITHER an A grade in GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Physics, AND at least one other B grade in another GCSE Science subject.

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1 -  Subject Content 1-5
Short and long answer questions split by topic.
1½ hour exam   /   50% of total AS Level mark

Paper 2 - Subject content 1-5
Short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis and multiple choice questions.
1½ hour exam   /   50% of total AS Level mark

A2 Level

Paper 1 - Subject Content 1-5 (Periodic motion)
Short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice
2 hour exam   /   34% of A Level mark

Paper 2 - Subject Content 7 & 8 (Thermal Physics)
Short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice
2 hour exam   /  34% of total A Level mark

Paper 3 - Subject Content 12
Practical skills and data analysis
Short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.
2 hour exam   /   32% of total A Level mark

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mill Hill County High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

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