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KS5 Physics Course Title: AQA Physics Grading: A*-C Course Overview: (What will students learn?) 1 - Measurements and their Errors (Year 12) This section will be studied throughout the year as part of the development of practical skills. A working knowledge of the fundamental units of measurement is vital. Likewise, practical work in the subject needs to be underpinned by an awareness of the nature of measurement errors and of their numerical treatment. The ability to carry through reasonable estimations is a skill that is required throughout the course and beyond. 2 - Particles and Radiation (Year 12) This section introduces the fundamental properties of matter and electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena. Through a study of these topics, students become aware of the way ideas develop and evolve in physics. They will appreciate the importance of international collaboration in the development of new experiments and theories in this area of fundamental research. 3 - 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. 4 - Mechanics and Materials (Year 12) Vectors and their treatment are introduced followed by development of the knowledge and understanding of forces, energy and momentum. The section continues with a study of materials considered in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength. 5 - Electricity (Year 12) This section builds on and develops earlier study of these phenomena from GCSE. It 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. 6 - 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, the properties and nature of ideal gases, and the molecular kinetic theory to be studied in depth. 7 – 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. Practical applications that are considered include: planetary and satellite orbits, capacitance and capacitors, their charge and discharge through resistors and electromagnetic induction. 8 – 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. 9 - Optional Unit (Year 13) There is a choice of one topic from the following list: Astrophysics Medical Physics Engineering Physics Turning points in Physics Electronics Although all students will need to study the same optional unit, they will have some input into the choice that is made. External Assessment: AS (to be assessed at the end of year 12) Paper 1: Sections 1-5 1 hr 30 in the Summer of Y12 (50% AS) 70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic. Paper 2: Sections 1-5 1 hr 30 in the Summer of Y12 (50% AS) Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis. Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content. Section C: 30 multiple choice questions. A2 (to be assessed at the end of year 13) Paper 1: Sections 1-5 and Periodic Motion 2 hrs in the Summer of Y13 (34% A Level) 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content. Paper 2: Sections 7-8 and Thermal Physics 2 hrs in the Summer of Y13 (34% A Level) 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content. Paper 3: Practical Skills and Optional Unit 2hrs in the Summer of Y13 (32% A Level) Section A: 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. Section B: 35 marks of short and long answer questions on one optional topic. Internal Assessment: Ongoing written assessments of the course content and also 12 ‘required practicals’ that will assess the students understanding of experimental and investigative skills. Exam Board: AQA
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