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|
Unit 1; 1 Measurements and their Uses.Unit 2; Particles and Radiation.
Unit 3; WavesUnit 4; Mechanics and Materials
Unit 5; ElectricityRevision; Revision of work and past papers for exams.
|Year 13 – A2 Level Physics|
Unit 6; Further Mechanics and Thermal PhysicsUnit 7; Fields and their Consequences
Unit 8; Nuclear Physics
|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.