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Physics

Ks5 Examination Board: AQA Syllabus number: 2450 Course Description and Organisation AS (Year12) In Year 12 the course is divided into two theory units and a practical unit. Unit 1 is entitled ‘Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity’ and has a strong emphasis on modern physics. Unit 2 builds upon classical physics principles as we study ‘Mechanics, Materials and Waves’. Practical skills are assessed at various points in the latter stages of the year and students also complete an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA), which complements their studies for Units 1 and 2. A2 (Year13) As well as an introduction to new topics, the Year13 course has a synoptic feature running throughout it, building upon Year 12 material. The two theoretical units are ‘Fields and Further Mechanics’ and ‘Nuclear and Thermal Physics, and Option’. The option topic will be taken from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Applied Physics or Turning points in Physics. As with the Year 12 course, practical skills will be assessed during laboratory activities and in completing an ISA. Assessment Arrangements Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity (20% of A level) 75 minutes written paper of structured questions Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves (20% of A level) 75 minutes written paper of structured questions Unit 3: Investigative and Practical skills in AS Physics (10% of A level) Internally assessed practical skills assessment and investigative skills assignment. Unit 4: Materials and Further Mechanics (20% of A level) 105 minutes written paper of structured questions Unit 5: Nuclear and thermal Physics, and Option (20% of A level) 105 minutes written paper of structured questions Unit 6: Investigative and Practical skills in A2 Physics (10% of A level) Internally assessed practical skills assessment and investigative skills assignment Project/ Coursework Details and Deadlines

Career Opportunities A physics A Level can open many doors into higher education. It is also highly valued by many employers. A physics student can expect to choose from careers in physics itself, electronic, aeronautics, engineering, geology and computing, among others. A physics A Level is also a common choice for those pursuing careers in medicine, architecture, aviation and the armed forces. Exam Board Link

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/physics-a-2450


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