The common themes that run through all the modules are those to be expected in any post-GCSE Physics course.
- develop more advanced practical skills
- recognise links between theory and experiment.
- try to approach problems logically
- understand how mathematics can be used to provide some solutions.
- appreciate how physics has developed and is used in the modern world
- be aware of matters associated with the modern world e.g. environmental, industrial, economic...
Topic list Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
- The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model;
- Quantum phenomena including photoelectricity, energy levels and photon emission, wave particle duality;
- Electricity including electrical quantities, resistivity, circuits and components, alternating current.
- Mechanics, including motion along a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, energy and power
- Properties of materials, including density and the Young modulus,
- Waves, including longitudinal and transverse waves, progressive and stationary waves, refraction, diffraction and interference.
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: 1 hour 30 minutes Weighting: 50% of total AS Level marks This paper is comprised of a mixture of short and long answer questions. All questions are compulsory and cover the whole of the AS content. The question papers will have 70 raw marks.
Paper 2: Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes Weighting: 50% of total AS Level marks This paper has questions based on practical skills and data analysis, (20 marks), short and long answer questions based on the whole AS content, (20 marks), and 30 multiple choice questions based on the whole AS content. All questions are compulsory and cover the whole of the AS content. The question papers will have 70 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 AS qualification.
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.
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 helpful with advice on careers as well as on other topics.