Physics

A LEVEL AQA BOARD

This course offers an engaging and challenging introduction into Physics. It offers opportunities to study fundamental particles, Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity and electromagnetism. In Physics we place an emphasis upon the understanding of scientific principles and their applications in everyday life, and the course involves a large element of practical work. A level Physics is a widely respected A level and would go very well alongside Chemistry and Mathematics based A Levels.
 

Curriculum

Year 1
Students will study Particle Physics, Electricity, Mechanics, Waves
 
Year 2
Students will then continue their studies including Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Further Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Radioactivity, Electromagnetism, Options Module.
 

Assessment

3 Exam Papers
Paper 1 (2 hours) 85 marks and 34% of final grade.
Topics covered:
 
  • Measurements and their error;
  • Particles and radiation;
  • Waves;
  • Mechanics and materials;
  • Electricity;
  • Periodic Motion.
Paper 2 (2 hours) 85 marks and 34% of final grade.
Topics covered (including assumed knowledge of all previous topics):
 
  • Thermal Physics;
  • Fields and their consequences;
  • Nuclear physics.
Paper 3 (2 hours) 80 marks and 32% of final grade.
Topics covered (including assumed knowledge of all previous topics):
 
  • Section A: Practical skills and data analysis;
  • Section B: The optional module chosen for the cohort.
There are 12 compulsory practicals throughout the course, the content of which are tested in each exam (and mainly in Paper 3). The A level in Physics will be graded A*-E with a pass or fail in Practical Skills (called a Practical Endorsement). If a student is absent for one of these practicals they must do the practical at a point convenient for the teachers. Students missing
any practicals will not pass the Practical Endorsement.
 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Mrs A Houston: ahouston.312@lgflmail.org (HOF)
Mr L Rowe: lrowe11.312@lgflmail.org (HOD)