Physics

Head of Department: Dr R Butler: rbutler@kingalfred.somerset.sch.uk

Physics is a challenging, but fascinating subject that requires excellent mathematical skills. It is the natural precursor to all branches of engineering, astrophysics, electronics, game design, architecture and astronautics. Maths and physics have a significant overlap of content at A level, and is highly recommended as a combination. The analytical and practical skills required for A level Physics are highly transferrable.

Physics A content is split into six teaching modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level. The modules can be summarised as:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills.
  • Module 2: Foundations of physics.
  • Module 3: Forces and motion.
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons.
  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics.
  • Module 6: Particles and medical physics.

 

PHYSICS A (H556)

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

 

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

 

Module 2 – Foundations of Physics

 

Includes:

·         Physical quantities and units      

·         Making measurements and analysing data

·         Nature of quantities

 

Module 3 – Forces and motion

 

 

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Includes:

·         Motion

·         Forces in action

·         Work, energy and power

·         Materials

·         Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

 

Includes:

·         Charge and current

·         Energy, power and resistance

·         Electrical circuits

·         Waves

·         Quantum physics

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics (A level only)

 

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics (A level only)

Includes:

·         Thermal physics

·         Circular motion

·         Oscillations

·         Gravitational fields

·         Astrophysics

 

Includes:

·         Capacitors

·         Electric fields

·         Electromagnetism

·         Nuclear and particle physics

·         Medical imaging

 

 

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

A LEVEL PHYSICS A (H556) – First Exam June 2017

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Content is split into six teaching modules:

    Module 1 – Development of practical

      skills in physics

   Module 2 – Foundations of physics

   Module 3 – Forces and motion

    Module 4 – Electrons, waves and

      photons

    Module 5 – Newtonian world and

      astrophysics

    Module 6 – Particles and medical

      physics

Component 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Component 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Component 3 assess content from all modules (1-6)

Modelling physics

(01)

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

37%

of total

A Level

Exploring physics

(02)

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

37%

of total

A Level

Unified physics

(03)

70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Written paper

26%

of total

A Level

Practical endorsement in physics

(04)

Non exam assessment

Reported separately

(see section 5g)