What entry requirements do I need to study the course?
GCSE Combined Science Grade 6 with a Grade 6 in Maths or GCSE Triple Science Grades 6 with a grade 6 in Maths
What does the course involve?
- Measurements and their Errors (Year 12) - This section will be studied throughout the year as part of the development of practical skills.
- Particles and Radiation (Year 12) - This section introduces the fundamental properties of matter and electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena.
- Waves (Year 12) - GCSE topics of wave phenomena are extended to develop a knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of travelling waves and stationary waves. Topics include refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference.
- Mechanics and Materials (Year 12) - Vectors and their treatment are introduced followed by development of the knowledge and understanding of forces, energy and momentum.
- Electricity (Year 12) - This section provides opportunities for the development of practical skills at an early stage in the course and lays the groundwork for later study of the many electrical applications that are important to society.
- Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics (Year 13) - The earlier study of mechanics is taken further to look at circular motion and simple harmonic motion. A further section allows the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases, and the molecular kinetic theory to be studied in depth.
- Fields and their Consequences (Year 13) - The ideas of gravitation, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are developed within this unit. Many ideas from mechanics and electricity from earlier in the course support this and are further developed.
- Nuclear Physics (Year 13) - This section builds on the work of Particles and Radiation to link the properties of the nucleus to the production of nuclear power and the link between energy and mass. Students should become aware of the physics that underpins nuclear energy production and also of the impact that it can have on society.
- Optional Unit (Year 13) - There is a choice of one topic from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning Points or Electronics. Although all students will need to study the same optional unit, they will have some input into the choice that is made.
How is it assessed?
Students in Physics are assessed against three objectives:
- AO 1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.
- AO 2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures in a theoretical context, in a practical context, when handling qualitative data and when handling quantitative data.
- AO 3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures.
The final examinations will all be taken at the end of Y13 and will consist of three papers which are each 2 hours in length. They will include a mixture of short, long and multiple‐choice style questions.
There is also an ongoing assessment of practical skills which need to be mastered to be awarded the practical endorsement on the final qualification. There are twelve compulsory practicals which the students have to complete during the two years as part of this.