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Physics

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

Summer term:

  • Final preparation for exams including concise scientific writing and exam technique.

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six additional required practical activities. This totals to 12 assessed practical activities over the two years. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final grade. Practical work will be completed by February Half Term in order to allow full focus on preparation for the final exams in the summer.

Assessment:

Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

Pre-public exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Paper 1 (34%):

  • Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion) (34%)
  • 85 marks – 2 hours
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 2 (34%):

  • Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1
  • 85 marks – 2 hours
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 3 (32%):

  • Practical skills and data analysis and Astrophysics
  • 85 marks – 2hours
  • 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis, 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic

Resources:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

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