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Physics AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

Do you want to keep your options open?  Engineering, Accountancy, Law, Medicine and Science careers can all follow from a qualification in Physics.  It is an enjoyable and interesting course.  There is a practical emphasis, showing the relevance of the subject to everyday life. 

The key points of this specification are that:

  • It allows opportunities for practical work and individual study.
  • There are opportunities for effective personalised learning, target setting and for differentiated outcomes.
  • It builds on previous GCSE work.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Content

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

Assessment

Paper 1

What’s assessed

Sections 1 – 5

Assessed as

written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes,  70 marks, 50% of AS

Questions

Paper 2

What's assessed

Sections 1 - 5

Assessed as

written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 70 marks, 50% of AS

Questions

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

 

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

Practical Assessment

Practical work is at the heart of physics.

Assessment of practical skills at AS is by written exams only.

Questions in the papers expect that students have carried out at least the six required practical activities from the syllabus.

15% of the marks in the papers will relate to practical work.

 

A LEVEL

Content

  1.  Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics

Plus one options from:-

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics 

Practical Skills

A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams.

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. It will be recorded as pass or fail.

The 12 recommended practicals will be carried out during the two years of the course.

Assessment

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed as

written exam: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 2

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed as

written exam: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 3

What's assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

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

Assessed as

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

 

Entry requirements

B Science and B Additional Science or B GCSE Physics, plus B GCSE Maths

GCSE English Grade B desirable.

It is also desirable for applicants to study AS level Maths with Mechanics.

GCSE APS of 43

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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