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Physics Edexcel A Level at Kantor King Solomon High School

Course description

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics are to enable students to develop:

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problemsolving skills
  • their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Course content

Students are expected to demonstrate and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills described in the content. They are also expected to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of scientific information, ideas and evidence using their knowledge, understanding and skills.

To demonstrate their knowledge, students should be able to undertake a range of activities, including the ability to recall, describe and define, as appropriate.

To demonstrate their understanding, students should be able to explain ideas and use their knowledge to apply, analyse, interpret and evaluate, as appropriate.

Students should consider ethical issues relating to the environment, evaluate risks and benefits of applications of physics, and evaluate ways in which society uses physics to inform decision making.

Students should develop their ability to apply mathematical skills to physics throughout the course. These skills include the ability to change the subject of an equation, substitute numerical values and solve algebraic equations using decimal and standard form, ratios, fractions and percentages.

Core practicals will be assessed in the examination.

Students should be encouraged to use ICT throughout the course.

Practical assessment

Practical work is central to any study of physics. For this reason, the specification includes 16 core practical activities which form a thread linking theoretical knowledge and understanding to practical scenarios. In following this thread, students will build on practical skills learned at GCSE, becoming confident practical physicists, handling apparatus competently and safely. Using a variety of apparatus and techniques, they should be able to design and carry out both the core practical activities and their own investigations, collecting data which can be analysed and used to draw valid conclusions

Entry requirements

Minimum of 6 GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics with a grade B or above in the subjects to be studied at A level.


Paper 1: Advanced Physics I

  • Questions draw on content from the topics listed
  • Questions are broken down into a number of parts
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 30%

Paper 2: Advanced Physics II

  • Questions draw on content from the topics listed 
  • Questions are broken down into a number of parts
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks.
  • 30%

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics

  • Questions draw on content from any of the topics listed
  • Questions are broken down into a number of parts 
  • Questions may involve two or more topics
  • 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • 120 marks
  • 40%

Science Practical Endorsement

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated by Pearson

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.

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • a range of different, relevant academic or vocational higher education qualifications
  • employment in a relevant sector
  • further training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kantor King Solomon High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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