Physics

PHYSICS GCSE (AQA)

There are 4 Physics Units - Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics 3 and Physics 4 (Controlled Assessment).100% of the assessment is at the end of the course – from Summer 2014 onwards.

UNIT 1: Physics 1 25% of final mark tested by a 1 hour exam

The unit is assessed by a 1 hour examination.It will be a "Structured Questions" examination with one longer response assessing "Quality of Written Communication" worth 6 marks.The paper is marked out of 60.

The unit comprises: Transfer of Heat Energy, Infrared Radiation, Kinetic Theory, Energy Transfer by Heating, Heating and Insulating Buildings, Energy and Efficiency, Usefulness of Electrical Appliances, Electrical Energy, Methods and Problems in Generating Electricity, The National Grid, Use of Waves for Communication and to provide evidence that the Universe is Expanding, General Properties of Waves, Reflection, Sound and Red-Shift.

UNIT 2: Physics 2 25% of final mark tested by a 1 hour exam

The unit is assessed by a 1 hour examination.It will be a "Structured Questions" examination with one longer response assessing "Quality of Written Communication" worth 6 marks.The paper is marked out of 60.

The unit comprises: Forces and their Effects, Resultant Forces, Forces and Motion, Forces and Braking, Forces and Terminal Velocity, Forces and Elasticity, Kinetic Energy of Objects Speeding Up and Slowing Down, Forces and Energy, Momentum, Currents in Electrical Circuits, Static Electricity, Electrical Circuits, Using Mains Electricity Safely and the Power of Electrical Appliances, Household Electricity, Current Charge and Power, Radioactive Decay, Atomic Structure, Atoms and Radiation, Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion, Fusion Processes in Stars.

UNIT 3: Physics 3 25% of final mark tested by a 1 hour exam

The unit is assessed by a 1 hour examination.It will be a "Structured Questions" examination with one longer response assessing "Quality of Written Communication" worth 6 marks.The paper is marked out of 60.

The unit comprises Medical Applications of Physics, X rays, Ultrasound,Lenses, The Eye, Other Applications of Light, Using Physics to Make Things Work, Centre of Mass, Moments, Hyraulics, Circular Motion and Linear Motion, The Motor Effect, Transformers,.

UNIT 4: Physics 4 25% of final mark

This is the controlled assessment for Physics.The assessment consists of two written assessments along with a practical assessment and data processing.This is known as an ISA.

Students are given a practical topic to research and they use this research to plan an experiment.They can use teacher's/parent's knowledge, text books and the internet as long as these "sources" are fully documented and credited.The students are given a "planning sheet" to enable them to get all the information they need.They then sit a "controlled assessment exam" where they use their prepared "plan" to answer questions.A short time after this the students will be given a practical based on the same topic they researched.They will complete the practical tasks set in groups but they will record results and plot a graph independently.A written examination then tests their understanding of the scientific terminology relating to their experiment and a second section tests their general understanding of practical aspects of Physics more loosely related to the topic they have researched.

AQA A LEVEL PHYSICS

Outline of Course - AS Exams 2015 - A2 Exams 2016

At AS, this new course introduces new topics as well as building on previous studies in physics. At A2, the course enables students to develop a deeper understanding from more advanced study. The course is QCA approved and has been designed to enable students to:

  • progress smoothly from previous GCSE studies in physics,
  • develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics,
  • gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills,
  • appreciate How Science Works and its relevance beyond the laboratory,
  • see how physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important technologies,

The first year of the course leads to a stand alone “AS” qualification:

Unit 1 introduces students to exciting new ideas in physics such as quarks and quantum concepts as well as developing in-depth knowledge and important applications of electricity. This includes the study of: The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model; Quantum phenomena including photoelectricity, energy levels and photon emission, wave particle duality; Electricity including electrical quantities, resistivity, circuits and components, alternating current.

Unit 2 develops knowledge and understanding of vectors, forces, energy and waves from previous GCSE studies as well as introducing students to the properties of materials including density and elasticity. The unit covers: Mechanics, including motion along a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, energy and power. Properties of materials, including density and the Young modulus. Waves ; longitudinal and transverse waves, progressive and stationary waves, refraction, diffraction and interference.

Unit 3: will cover the practical skills which are an essential part of studying a Physics course at this level. It will build on the development of the scientific skills learned at GCSE level and on the knowledge and understanding of How Science Works. These practical skills gained throughout the course include: Selection and use of various equipment : Processing of data: Making observations and measurements: Analysing and evaluation.

THE SECOND YEAR OF THE COURSE LEADS TO AN “A” LEVEL QUALIFICATION:

Unit 4 develops key ideas about force and energy from AS physics through a range of mechanics topics and through quantitative study of fields. In addition, key applications of fields are developed including satellite motion, capacitors and alternating current generators and transformers. The unit covers:Further mechanics, including momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion: Fields, including gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction

Unit 5 is in two parts:Section A builds on key ideas about particles and energy from AS physics and covers probing the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear instability and nuclear energy as well as the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases

Section B gives students an opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge Astrophysics. It covers: lenses and telescopes, nonoptical telescopes, classification of stars, cosmology

Unit 6: will cover the practical skills which are an essential part of studying a Physics course at this level. It builds upon unit 3 but is taught and assessed in the same way.

ASSESSMENT METHODS:

AS: Exams June. Pass Grades A B C D E

  • Unit 1: Written paper – 1 hour 15 minutes – 33% of total AS marks and 16% of total A level marks.
  • Unit 2: Written paper – 1 hour 45 minutes – 46% of total AS marks and 23% of total A level marks.
  • Unit 3: Internal Assessment – 20% of total AS marks and 10% of total A Level Marks
  • Unit 4: Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes - 16% of total A level marks.
  • Unit 5:Written paper – 2 hours 15 minutes – 23% of total A level marks.
  • Unit 6: Internal Assessment - 10% of total A Level Marks