Science: Physics at KS5

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Course ID
AQA 7408
Faculty
Science
Department
Physics
Level
Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
Head of Faculty
S. Owen
Head of Department
R. Innes

Students are able to study Biology, Chemistry and/ or ‘A’ Level Biology. To achieve the full ‘A’ Level all of the content from Years 12 and 13 will be assessed at the end of the second year.

To breakdown the content, the courses allow the students to follow the Year 13 programme of study, where students will sit 3 terminal examinations to gain their ‘A’ Level qualification. In addition to learning the content, students will be required to complete 12 core practicals. The core practicals cover a range of investigative topics and develop the student’s laboratory skills as well as their ability to manipulate, analyse and evaluate data.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 12

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 P1 Matter and radiation.
P2 Quarks and Leptons.
P12 Electricity and DC Circuits.
Uncertainties and Practical Skills (U&PS).
End of chapter tests for P1, P2, P12 and U&PS; and continuous teacher assessment.
Autumn 2 P3 Quantum phenomena.
P6 Forces in equilibrium.
P11 Materials.
End of chapter test for P3, P6 and P11 and continuous teacher assessment.
Spring 1 P4 Waves.
P5 Optics.
P6 Forces in equilibrium (continued).
P7 Kinematics (On the move).
P8 Newton’s Laws of Motion.
End of chapter test for P4, P6 and P7, and continuous teacher assessment.
Spring 2 P5 Optics (continued).
P8 Newton’s Laws of Motion.
P9 Force and Momentum.
End of chapter test for P5, P8 and P9, and continuous teacher assessment.
Summer 1 P17 Motion in a circle.
P18 Simple Harmonic Motion
End of chapter test for P17 and P18, and continuous teacher assessment.
Summer 2 P19 Thermal physics.
P20 Gases.
End of chapter test for P19 and P20, and continuous teacher assessment.

 

Year 13

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 P21 Gravitational Fields; P22 Electric Fields; P23 Capacitors. End of chapter test for P21, P22 and P23, and continuous teacher assessment.
Autumn 2 P24 Magnetic Fields; P25 Electromagnetic Induction; P26 Radioactivity; P27 Nuclear Energy. End of chapter test for P24, P25, P26 and P27, and continuous teacher assessment.
Spring 1 Option: Astrophysics. Continuous teacher assessment.
Spring 2 Option: Astrophysics (continued). Test on Astrophysics, and continuous teacher assessment.
Summer 1 Revision.  
Summer 2 ‘A’ Level Examination. ‘A’ Level Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 12

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Kerboodle AQA Physics AS Level (Jim Breithaupt)    

 

Year 13

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
Kerboodle AQA Physics AS Level (Jim Breithaupt)    

 

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