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Physics

Physics in the Sixth Form

A-Level Physics

A-Level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed at GCSE and allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works. There are nine units in the specification; five at AS and a further nine at A2. All of the units are assessed by exam. Students have the opportunity to study optional topics that particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

Year 12 – AS Level Physics
Term 1

Unit 1; 1 Measurements and their Uses.       

Unit 2; Particles and Radiation.
Term 2

Unit 3; Waves

Unit 4; Mechanics and Materials
Term 3

Unit 5; Electricity

Revision; Revision of work and past papers for exams.

Year 13 – A2 Level Physics
Term 1

Unit 6; Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics

Unit 7; Fields and their Consequences
Term 2

Unit 8;  Nuclear Physics
Unit 9; Optional Unit.

Term 3 Revision; Revision of work and past papers for exams.

Examinations The AS and the A2 courses are structured around the examination in June. 

AS: AS Physics will consist of two 90 minutes exams. Paper 1 will consist of 70 marks of short and long questions split by topic. Paper 2 will consist of 30 multiple choice questions and 40 marks of short and long answer questions. This paper will include assessment covering practical skills and data analysis.

A2: A2 Physics will consist of three 2 hour exams. Papers 1 and 2 will each consist of 60 marks of short and long answers and 25 multiple choice questions. Paper 3 will consist of 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis and 35 marks of short and long answer questions on the optional topic.