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Physics A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

Unit 1
Core Physics I
(50% of the total qualification)
Working as a Physicist, Mechanics, and Electric Circuits.
As well as a range of questions, the exam will include a data analysis task drawing
on topics from the whole AS specification.

Unit 2
Core Physics II
(50% of the total qualification)
Working as a Physicist, Materials, and Waves and Particle Nature of Light.
As well as a range of questions, the exam will include a short article question which
will draw on topics from the whole AS specification.
 
To progress from year 12 to year 13, you will be expected to have achieved at least a D grade D in the AS Physics exams at the end of Year 12.
 
The A level exams at the end of year 13 assess your learning over the whole 2 years.
At the end of the academic year, we offer a 2 night and 3 day visit to the
Large Hadron Collider Particle Accelerator at CERN, Geneva, and other sites of interest in the area.
 
The Year 13 Course
 
Unit 1
Advanced Physics I
(30% of the total qualification)
Working as a Physicist, Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric and
Magnetic Fields, and Nuclear and Particle Physics.
 
Unit 2 Advanced Physics II (30% of the total qualification)
Working as a Physicist, Materials, Waves and Particle Nature of Light,
Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields, and Oscillations.
 
Unit 3 General and Practical Principles in Physics (40% of the total qualification)
This is examined through a synoptic paper that may draw upon questions on any of
the topics in the A Level Physics. The paper will include questions that assess
conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods-indirect practical skills that will draw on students’ experiences on the core practical work.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved Grade 6 in either Combined Science GCSE or Triple Science GCSE, and a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

This qualification will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. Students will be assessed separately for the Science Practical Endorsement. The Endorsement will not contribute to the overall grade for this qualification, but the result will be recorded on the student’s certificate. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for Physics.

Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three A level physics papers will be
awarded for mathematics at grade 5 or above.

Future opportunities

This qualification supports progression into higher education such as embarking on degree - level courses in Physics, Engineering, Electronics, Medicine, Dentistry or Environmental Science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 April 2018
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