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Physics at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

What students can expect of the course

  • AS/A2 Physics develops ideas and concepts from GCSE and is designed to give students a feel for modern Physics, and to prepare them for university. It is an excellent preparation for many careers including engineering, science, accounting, etc.
  • For each year there is a student book and the AQA website (aqa.org.uk) which allows access to modern support systems which can be used to enhance understanding at school or at home.
  • A website from the Institute of Physics allows students access to the very latest information.
  • A Level Maths is not required but is very useful (and some university courses do require it).
  • A small team interested in engineering can take part in an exercise where they work with an engineer and produce a report on their work.
  • Course content

    AS 1 40% (20%)

    AS 2 40% (20%)

    AS 3 20% (10%)

    PHYA1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

    Written Examination - 70 marks, 6 or 7 structured questions

    1 hours

    PHYA2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves

    Written Examination - 70 marks, 6 or 7 structured questions

    1 hours

    PHYA3 Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics

    Centre Assessed Unit - 50 marks

    Practical skills assessment (9 marks)

    Investigative skills assessment (41 marks)

    A2 4 20%

    A2 5 20%

    A2 6 10%

    PHYA4 Fields and Further Mechanics

    Written Examination - 75 marks,

    Section A is 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark.

    Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks.

    1 hours

    One of Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D

    Written Examination - 75 marks.

    Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics . 40 marks

    Compulsory section 4/5 structured questions

    Section B: One of the following options. Each paper has 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks.

    Options: A - Astrophysics

    B - Medical Physics

    C - Applied Physics

    D - Turning Points in Physics

    1 hours

    PHYA6 Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics

    Centre Assessed Unit - 50 marks

    Practical skills assessment (9 marks)

    Investigative skills assessment (41 marks)

    Entry requirements

    GCSE grade B in Physics or Double Science.

    Assessment

    Please see above for details.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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