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Physics A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

Physics at A-Level is a two year course. Students will focus on particle Physics, waves, mechanics, materials,electricity. Further mechanics, thermal Physics, electric and magnetic fields, nuclear Physics and an optional unit such as Astrophysics or Medical Physics. Whilst there will be plenty of practical tasks to be done throughout the course, there is no formal practical assessment. However students will be entered for the continuous assessment of practical skills. This requires the students to pass certain competencies. Once passed, it will be noted on their statement of results. Student need to also note that those wishing to study a scientific subject at university will be required to pass these competencies. The criteria will be marked off from 12 practicals over the course of the two years, 6 from the first year of the course and 6 from the second year of the course. Students will also be set examination questions on these required practicals.

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE Science (double/triple) and a minimum of a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics

Assessment

Overview of assessments

Paper 1
Topics examined: Section 1-5 and 6.2 (Periodic motion)
Time: 2 hours
Number of marks: 85
Examining style: 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions
34% of A level
Paper 2
Topics examined: Section 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 & 8
Time: 2 hours
Number of marks: 85
Examining style: 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions
34% of A level
Paper 3
Topics examined: Section A: Practical skills and data analysis & Section B: Option
Time: 2 hours
Number of marks: 80
Examining style: 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis and 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic
32% of A level

Future opportunities

Astronomy, Aeronautics, Astronautics, Engineering, Electronics, Computing, Communications, Power Generation, Nuclear Physics, Civil Engineering, Architect, Forensic Science, Finance, Research and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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