The common themes that run through all the modules are those to be expected in any post-GCSE Physics course. Students will:
- Approach problems logically
- Develop more advanced practical skills
- Understand how mathematics can be used to provide some solutions.
- Recognise links between theory and experiments.
- Appreciate how Physics has developed over time
- Appreciate the role that Physics has in the modern world
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 to the required standard will result in the pupil gaining the ‘Practical Endorsement’ for this AS qualification.
Teaching takes place in the modernised laboratories. Classes usually consist of 16-18 students.
Lessons may include problem solving, demonstrations, group and class discussions, computer simulations, individual and group practicals, data analysis, comprehension passages, and videos. Students may be asked to give their own presentations on selected topics.
During practical lessons, students are trained to use advanced measuring instruments and data-capture devices. They will also learn to recognise and treat experimental errors, analyse experimental data, and discuss 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 associated with 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.