Subject: Physics A-Level
Staff and Responsibility: Mr Hopkins and Mr Timney
Exam Board: AQA
ASSESSMENT FORMAT AQA A – modules will be examined in June of Year 13 through three 2 hour papers covering both subject knowledge and practical skills. Papers include a mixture of short, long and multiple choice questions. There is no coursework at A-Level. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams.
Entry requirements are two Science GCSEs and Maths at minimum grade 5 in the higher tier paper, preferably grade 6.
The course builds on topics studied at GCSE and introduces some new topics. To gain a full A-Level, students study nine modules. Module 1 deals with the basics of measurement and error analysis. Module 2 introduces ideas about particles, radiation and quantum phenomena. Module 3 deals with wave motion including stationary waves. Module 4 focuses on materials and builds on ideas about forces and motion. In module 5 you will study electricity. Module 6 involves a study of circular motion and builds on GCSE ideas about thermal physics. Module 7 deals with gravitational, electric and magnetic fields. In module 8 students study nuclear applications. The final module is an optional module. Students at Trinity take the astrophysics option. Practical Physics is studied and developed throughout the course through the completion of series of required practical experiments. Knowledge and understanding of these is assessed through the final examinations.
POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
This qualification will provide transferable knowledge that will prepare learners for progression to university including Engineering, Finance, Research Scientist & careers within the NHS.