Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 7/6 if Double Science was taken, Grade 6 if Triple Science was taken Mrs J Tiernan

This course is designed to enable students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of physics and how they relate to each other. We aim to induce in students a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods. We also aim to induce competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills. Finally, we aim to develop an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

 

Unit 1

Topics investigated include working as a physicist, mechanics, electric circuits, electric and magnetic fields, and nuclear and particle physics.

 

Unit 2

Topics investigated in Unit 2 include working as a physicist, materials, waves and particle nature of light, thermodynamics, space, nuclear radiation, gravitational fields and oscillations.

 

Unit 3

Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification. The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics and include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practicals.

 

Assessment

The A-Level Physics course is assessed by three papers:

  • Papers 1 and 2 last for 1 hour and 45 minutes each. They are both marked out of 90 and include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Paper 3 lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and is marked out of 120. The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. Some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Physics leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. You could use physics to support other qualifications or move on to further studies and employment. You may go on to study a BTEC Higher National (HNC and HND) or a degree course such as physics, the sciences, medicine, meteorology, engineering (including chemical engineering) and related programmes such as radiography or biotechnology. In fact, physics is recognised as an entry qualification for a wide range of higher education courses and employment opportunities.