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Physics A-Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

In the Advanced GCE course you should

  • appreciate how scientific models are developed and the power they can have to help understanding.
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society bring together knowledge to illustrate ways in which different areas of Physics relate to each other.

Naturally you will be developing some of the themes and topics that you studied for GCSE.

Is this the course for me?

This course will:

  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works.
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of Physics and an appreciation of the link between theory and experiment.
  • appreciate how Physics has developed and is used in present day society, acknowledging the importance of Physics as a human endeavour which has historical, social, philosophical, economic and technological connections.
  • sustain and develop their enjoyment of, and interest in, Physics.
  • recognise the quantitative nature of Physics and understand how mathematical expressions relate to physical principles.

In the Advanced GCE course they should

  • appreciate how scientific models are developed and the power they can have to help understanding.
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society bring together knowledge to illustrate ways in which different areas of Physics relate to each other.

Course content

What does it involve?

The AS qualification contains the same modules as the first part of the A Level course.

AS

Core content

1 Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and radiation

3 Waves

4 Mechanics and materials

5 Electricity

A2

You will cover the five Core Modules from the AS qualification in addition to the following units:

6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics

For A level you will study an optional unit from the list below.

Options

9 Astrophysics

10 Medical physics

11 Engineering physics

12 Turning points in physics

13 Electronics

Entry requirements

Core Science and Additional Science B or above.

GCSE Physics B, or above,  plus one other B grade from Biology or Chemistry.

GCSE Maths and English B or above.

Assessment

AS LEVEL

Paper 1

Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         70 marks

·         50% of AS

Questions

·         70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic

Paper 2

Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         70 marks

·         50% of AS

Questions

·         Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions

·         Questions of practical skills and data analysis

·         Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content

·         Section C: 30 multiple choice questions

 

A LEVEL: Exams sat in summer year 13

Paper 1

What’s assessed Sections 1-5 and 6.1

Periodic Motion

Written Exam: 2 hours

·         85 marks

·         34% of A Level

Questions

·         25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 2

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8, Assumed knowledge from sections 1-6.1

Written Exam: 2 hours

·         85% marks

·         34% of A Level

Questions

·         60 marks of short and long answer questions

·         25 multiple choice questions

Paper 3

Section A: Compulsory section: Practical Skills and Data Analysis

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

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

·         No Coursework

·         We no longer have a coursework part to the award, but practical skills remain very important for science. You will be assessed on how these skills develop throughout your studies. For each award there are a minimum number of practical that you will be expected to complete. These may well appear in questions found on your exams. You will be asked to keep a lab book for evidence of this practical work.

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·         For AS level there are a minimum of 6 practical that we will use to assess your skills.

·         For A level there are a minimum of 12 practical that we will use to assess your skills.

 

Future opportunities

As well as being equipped to handle modern life with a broad knowledge of A-level Physics, there are a number of university choices and career options where having A-level Physics is preferable or, in some cases, absolutely necessary. Your A-level Physics shows you have the ability to analyse and understanding scientific subjects, as well as having sound knowledge and analytical skills.

Possible career choices A-level Physics can offer you include Medicine, Astronomy, Engineering or Forensic Scientist; however most require a higher level of education. Your A-level Physics can lead you to degrees in Physics, Astrophysics, forensics and engineering. Science careers have been identified as needing a large number of qualified people, it is a growth area. Graduates are well paid and travel opportunities can often be associated with a Science career!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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