Physics

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

 

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 – AS (H156) / A LEVEL (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

AS LEVEL PHYSICS A (H156) – FIRST EXAM JUNE 2016

Paper

 

 

Marks

Duration

Weighting

Paper 1

Breadth  in physics

Content -  Modules 1, 2, 3, 4

 

70

1 hr 30 mins

50%

 

Section A – Multiple choice

 

20

 

 

 

Section B – Structured questions, covering theory and practical skills

 

50

 

 

Paper 2

Depth  in physics

Content – Modules 1, 2, 3, 4

 

70

1 hr 30 mins

50%

 

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills.

 

70

 

 

 

 

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