Science - Physics

Key Stage 4

GCSE Physics – Examination 2017

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA Physics syllabus.  

Specification number: 4403

Link to the specification website : HTTP://WWW.AQA.ORG.UK/SUBJECTS/SCIENCE/GCSE/PHYSICS-4403

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

  • Energy transfers
  • Energy & efficiency
  • The usefulness of electrical appliances
  • Methods of Generating electricity
  • Waves : communication and the expanding universe
  • Forces and effects
  • Kinetic energy
  • Current in circuits
  • Mains electricity & power
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear fission & fusion
  • Medical applications of physics
  • Using physics to make things work
  • Keeping things moving

 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

1

Written examination (60 marks)

1 hour

25% of the final mark

2

Written examination (60 marks)

1 hour

25% of the final mark

3

Written examination (60 marks)

1 hour

25% of the final mark

4

Controlled assessment (50 marks)

 

25% of the final mark

 

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment - Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assignments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing

Additional Information

Triple Science including Physics have proved to be very successful in achieving excellent progress for students of both high and middle ability choosing that pathway.

The department provides support from staff during the course both during lunch breaks and after school; we value the hard work from our students and always want to be on hand to assist where needed.

 We also run revision sessions for internal tests, mock examinations and external examinations. These include Easter revision for GCSE.

Students studying triple science often wish to embark on science based careers and the staff advise on university pathways and possible routes to achieve these aims.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands over the course of GCSE study, during revision and during the vital exam period.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr C Newton : Head of Physics

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Physics – Examination 2018 onward

 

Programme of Study

Students will follow the AQA Physics syllabus

Specification number: 8463

Link to the specification website : HTTP://WWW.AQA.ORG.UK/SUBJECTS/SCIENCE/GCSE/PHYSICS-8463

The content below is from the present DRAFT specification :

1. Forces

2. Energy

3. Waves

4. Electricity

5. Magnetism and electromagnetism

6. Particle model of matter

7. Atomic structure

8. Space physics

Accreditation Structure

 

Paper

Topics

Assessment

Weighting

1

1-4 : Forces, Energy, Waves & Electricity

Written examination

 

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Foundation & Higher Tier

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

2

5-8 : Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism & Space physics

Written examination

 

1 hour 45 minutes

 

Foundation & Higher Tier

100 marks 

 

50% of GCSE

 

Each exam is a mixture of Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. Unlike previous courses there is no coursework element in the new courses.

Additional Information

Triple Science including Physics have proved to be very successful in achieving excellent progress for students of both high and middle ability choosing that pathway.

The department provides support from staff during the course both during lunch breaks and after school; we value the hard work from our students and always want to be on hand to assist where needed.

 We also run revision sessions for internal tests, mock examinations and external examinations. These include Easter revision for GCSE.

Students studying triple science often wish to embark on science based careers and the staff advise on university pathways and possible routes to achieve these aims.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Your support, encouragement and interest can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands over the course of GCSE study, during revision and during the vital exam period.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr C Newton : Head of Physics

 

Key Stage 5

Physics

 

Programme of Study

 

Physics can be found in many fields of work actively contributing to the development of the world in which we live.  Employers today respect and seek out people who have learned to think logically, know how to solve problems, can handle numbers and theories, are creative and love a challenge.  These are exactly the sort of skills you will develop through a study of Physics.

 

Students follow the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE Physics syllabus (9PH0).

Specification number: 9PH0

Link to the specification website : www.edexcl.com

Further Specification information: Pearson Education Limited, Edinburgh Gate, Harlow,

Essex CM20 2JE.  ISBN 978 1 4469 1445 8

 

Unit A

Unit B

Unit C

Topic 1: Working as a Physicist

Topic 2: Mechanics

Topic 3: Electrical Circuits

Topic 6: Further Mechanics

Topic 7: Electric and Magnetic Fields

Topic 8: Nuclear and Particle Physics

 

Topic 1: Working as a Physicist

Topic 4: Materials

Topic 5: Waves and Particle Nature of

              Light

Topic 10: Space

Topic 11: Nuclear Radiation

Topic 12: Gravitational Fields

Topic 13: Oscillations

 

Minimum of 12 practical activities carried out by each student

 

 

 

 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

Paper 1 (9PH0/01)

Short and long answer questions

1 hour 45 minutes: 90 marks

 

30%

Paper 2

(9PH0/02)

Short and long answer questions

1 hour 45 minutes: 90 marks

 

30%

Paper 3

(9PH0/03)

Long answer questions

2 hours 30 minutes: 120 marks

 

40%

Science Practical Endorsement

Minimum of 12 practical activities carried out by

each student

Internal and External assessment

0 marks - compulsory requirement

 

0%

 

Additional Information

 

Future Study

Physics is an ideal choice for anyone considering Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering and Architecture.

 

Gina Boot, student, said: ‘I chose Physics because it develops the problem-solving skills required in a range of careers.  Every lesson is stimulating and contains interesting material that challenges me, which I enjoy.’

 

Physics Department

  • Three well qualified and experienced A level Physics teachers
  • Staff readily available to help and support all A level students
  • Regular homework and testing to assess students’ progress
  • Assistance with university and job applications

Main classroom textbook

Year 12: EDEXCEL A LEVEL Physics 1 (Hodder Education) ISBN 978 1 4718 0752 7

Year 13: EDEXCEL A LEVEL Physics 2 (Hodder Education) ISBN 978 1 4718 0755 8

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in Triple Science Physics at GCSE

Grades BB or above in Double Science (Science & Additional Science) at GCSE

Grades BB or equivalent in Cambridge Nationals in Science

plus

Grade B or above in Mathematics GCSE

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities and Support

Physics clinics every lunchtime.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Purchase for your daughter the following textbooks:

     Year 12: EDEXCEL A LEVEL Physics 1 (Hodder Education) ISBN 978 1 4718 0752 7

     Year 13: EDEXCEL A LEVEL Physics 2 (Hodder Education) ISBN 978 1 4718 0755 8.

Encourage your daughter to prepare for the A Level course over the summer period before she starts Year 12, by exploring the contents of the textbook and reading relevant magazines such as ‘New Scientist’.

Encourage your daughter to seek help immediately she experiences any difficulties or problems with her Physics work.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Newton

   (Head of Physics & Second in Science & Head of Key Stage 3 Science)

 


 

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