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Advancing Physics A Level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

YEAR 12

In Year 12 you will study:
The key mechanical engineering principles of; Motion, Forces in action, Work and energy, and Materials. This is then followed by a thorough exploration of the core principles of electrical engineering; Electric charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, and Electrical circuits. Finally, you will be presented with an opportunity to study the bizarre and fascinating world of quantum mechanics and wave particle duality. As Niels Bohr famously said “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” Throughout Year 12, practical aspects of physics will be a key focus and you will develop some of the essential skills of scientific investigation; planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

YEAR 13

In Year 13 you will study:
The scientific principles laid down five hundred years ago by the greatest scientist who has ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton. You will become expert in the use and application of; Newton’s laws of Gravitation, Circular Motion, and Oscillations. You will then learn about the Physics of George Stephenson and the industrial revolution in the Thermal Physics topic, followed by; Electric fields, Magnetic fields and Capacitors. Probably, the most exciting topics in the A Level course are left to the end. You will have your mind blown by the Nuclear/particle physics, Medical imaging and Astrophysics units. Again, practical skills are an essential, common thread running throughout Year 13 physics. These will build on the skills acquired in the previous year of study.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including at least 2 grade B in a science subject and grade B in both Maths and English.

Assessment

In Year 12 the course is divided into two modules. Each module is assessed by an exam. Both exams will assess students on the practical skills and scientific theory covered in Year 12. Paper 1 will use a mixture of multiple choice and structured questions, whereas Paper 2 uses a mixture of structured and extended response questions to assess understanding. 50 In Year 13 the course is divided into three modules. Again, each module is assessed by an exam. All exams are synoptic and will assess students on the practical skills and scientific theory covered in Year 12 and Year 13. Papers 1 and 2 use a mixture of multiple choice and structured questions, whereas Paper 3 uses a mixture of structured and extended response questions to assess understanding. In addition to the exams taken at the end of Year 13, students will also be assessed on their performance across a series of key practical activities carried out periodically during both years of study. This will allow students to pass the ‘Practical endorsement for physics’ element of the A Level qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Stephenson High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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