All of the Material covered in the AS course is required for the A level course.
A Level extra content: Further mechanics, circular motion and simple harmonic motion Fields, including gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction Radioactivity, nuclear instability and nuclear energy as well as the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases
Option Units Topic list Pupils will choose a topic from this section which will provide them with opportunities to develop deeper knowledge and understanding in one chosen area of the subject: Astrophysics: lenses and telescopes, non-optical telescopes, classification of stars, cosmology Medical Physics: physics of the eye, physics of the ear, biological measurements, non-ionising imaging, X-ray imaging Applied Physics: rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, engines Turning points in physics: the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality, special relativity. Electronics: Semiconductor devices, analogue and digital signals, Operational amplifier, Logic gates, communication systems.
We aim to offer all 5 topics but cannot guarantee this.
Teaching takes place in the modernised laboratories. Classes usually consist of 16-18 students.
Lessons may consist of theory and notes, lecturing, data analysis, comprehension passages, practicals - group or individual, discussions, videos, computer simulations. Students may give their own presentations on selected topics.
During practical lessons students are trained to:
- Use more advanced measuring instruments.
- Use data-capture devices.
- Recognise and treat experimental errors.
- Analyse experimental data.
- Appreciate the reliability of their results.
Students would be expected to have 7,8 or 9 grade in Physics and one other Science subject (students from outside Latymer could have Science and Additional Science, both at A or A*), AND in Mathematics.
Paper 1 Written Paper: 2 hours Weighting: 34% of total A2 Level marks This paper examines all of the AS material, but at a higher level This paper is comprised of two sections: Section A will comprise of 25 multiple choice questions and Section B will short and long answer questions. All questions are compulsory. The paper will have 85 raw marks.
Paper 2 Written Paper: 2 hours Weighting: 34% of total A2 Level marks This paper examines all of the A Level material, and will assume knowledge of the AS material This paper is comprised of two sections: Section A will comprise of 25 multiple choice questions and Section B will short and long answer questions. All questions are compulsory. The paper will have 85 raw marks.
Paper 3 This is examined in two parts: Written Paper: 2 hours Weighting: 32% of total A Level marks Section A is comprised of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. All questions will be compulsory. There will be 45 raw marks. Section B Each option topic will have a question paper comprised of short and long answer questions All questions will be compulsory. There will be 35 raw marks.
There is no formal practical assessment but there are a number of ‘required’ practicals, which if completed will result in the pupil gaining the ‘Practical Endorsement’ to the A Level qualification.
Courses or careers for which A-level Physics is required or advised include Chemistry, Dentistry, Engineering (Aeronautical, Chemical Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical), Medicine, Medical Physics, Materials Science, Physics and Astrophysics. It is also useful in subjects allied to Mathematics and Computing. The Institute of Physics, to which the Physics Department is affiliated, is most helpful with advice on careers as well as on other topics.