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Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Physics

  • Course Code CG60074
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Course title: AS/A Level Physics

Exam board detail: AQA

Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)

Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)

 

Section 1: Subject Overview

The Year 12 Physics programme builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE and extend it in preparation for further studies at university.

 

In Year 12 (AS), we explore the below core elements:

Measurements and their errors

Particles and radiation

Waves

Mechanics and materials

Electricity

 

AS

Assessments

 

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1 - 5

Assessed

written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

70 marks

50% of AS

Questions

70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic.

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Paper 2

What's assessed

Sections 1 - 5

Assessed

written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

70 marks

50% of AS

Questions

Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis

Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content

Section C: 30 multiple choice questions

 

In Year 13 (A2) we explore the below core elements:

Further Mechanics & Thermal Physics

Fields and their consequences

Nuclear physics

 

Over the course of the two-year programme, you will also be required to complete 12 practical assessments.

 

A-level

Assessments

 

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

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Paper 2

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

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Paper 3

What's assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

80 marks

32% of A-level

Questions

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.

35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

 

Section 2: Assessment Overview

Assessment methods include:

Frequent Topic Tests

Mock Assessments

Practical Assessments

External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.

 

Section 3: What do other students study alongside Physics at A Level?

Many students will opt to study Maths, Psychology Business or another Science subject depending on their long-term destination.

 

Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?

Physics is a subject very well regarded by universities and is important if you want to study Engineering. It is also useful for Economics, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Computing to name just a few degree subjects. Many of our Physics students have gone on to study Physics, Economics, Veterinary Science, Computing, Mathematics and Engineering at universities such as Durham, Newcastle and Sussex.

 

Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?

Contacts:

Curriculum Operations Manager - sarah.latheron@gateshead.ac.uk

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average B grade GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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