Key Stage 5

A Level Physics builds on content and skills taught at GCSE. From mechanics and motion, to electricity, waves and even quantum physics.

Practical skills make up a large part of the course, and so practical work is integrated throughout all our teaching, in order to support and extend taught content.

 

Why study this course?

A Level Physics will sustain and develop your enjoyment of and interest in Physics. You will obtain knowledge of ways in which different areas of Physics relate to each other and develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment. You will gain the ability to analyse, describe, explain and interpret phenomena, presenting ideas clearly and logically, using appropriate vocabulary and mathematical language.

Students who have studied Core and Additional Science need at least a B in Core Science and an A in Additional Science. Students who have studied separate Sciences need an A at GCSE in the subject they wish to study.

 

What will I study?

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills
1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations of Physics
2.1 Physical quantities and units

2.2 Making measurements and analysing data

2.3 Nature of quantities

Module 3 – Forces and Motion
3.1 Motion

3.2 Forces in action

3.3 Work, energy and power

3.4 Materials

3.5 Momentum

Module 4 – Electrons, Waves, and Photons
4.1 Charge and current

4.2 Energy, power and resistance

4.3 Electrical circuits

4.4 Waves

Two 90 minute exams assessing all content and practical skills.
One is multiple choice/structured questions, the other is more extended response questions.

Year 13

Module 5 – Newtonian World and Astrophysics
5.1 Thermal physics

5.2 Circular motion

5.3 Oscillations

5.4 Gravitational fields

5.5 Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6 – Particles and Medical Physics
6.1 Capacitors

6.2 Electric fields

6.3 Electromagnetism

6.4 Nuclear and particle physics

6.5 Medical imaging

 

How will I be assessed?

Year 12

Two 90 minute exams assessing all content and practical skills.
One is multiple choice/structured questions, the other is more extended response questions.

Year 13

Two 2hr 15min exams using structured questions, each assessing different parts of the content (modules 3-6) and practical skills (modules 1-2).
+ One 90 minute exam (Unified Physics), which uses more extended response questions to assess all content and practical skills.
+ Practical Endorsement for Physics – Pass/Fail which is teacher-assessed.

The Practical Endorsement for Physics is designed to better prepare students for practical work at University and beyond.

Students are required to maintain a neat, and ordered lab book which cover a large range of apparatus and techniques.

 

Where can it lead?

Many students go on to a science based degree. Other students have gone on to study engineering, law, business, ICT and into the Military.

Staff List

Mr S Gascoigne

Subject Leader

sgascoigne@wickersley.net

  • Ms R Hayes – Faculty Leader
  • Mr S Gascoigne
  • Mr T Yarlett
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