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Key Stage 5 - Physics

The Edexcel International A’Level Physics has two related components – the AS level Physics qualification and the A2 level Physics qualification. Completion of both components leads to the A’Level Physics qualification. 

Each student will study the following areas of Physics:

 

AS – Study of:

·         Mechanics

·         Materials

·         Waves

·         Electricity

·         Light

·         Practical and investigation skills

 

A2 – Study of:

·         Further mechanics

·         Electric and magnetic fields

·         Particle physics

·         Thermal energy

·         Nuclear decay

·         Oscillations

·         Astrophysics and cosmology

·         Practical and investigation skills

 

The aims of the course are to enable students at MIS to:

·         progress from the Key Stage 4 programme of study and enable students to sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, physics and its applications

·         develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and foster the development of skills in the design and execution of experiments

·         develop essential knowledge and understanding in physics and, where appropriate, the applications of physics with an appreciation of their significance and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations including How Science Works

·         demonstrate the importance of physics as a human endeavour that interacts with social, philosophical, economic and industrial matters

·         prepare for higher educational courses in physics and related courses. 

Method of Assessment

 

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of both theory and practical skills at AS Level in three papers as follows:

Unit 1 : Physics on the Go

Weighted at 40% of AS marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Unit 2 : Physics at Work

Weighted at 40% of AS marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

Unit 3 : Exploring Physics

Weighted at 20% of AS marks and 10% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 20 minutes

 

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of both theory and practical skills at A2 Level in three papers as follows:

 

Unit 4 : Physics on the Move

Weighted at 40% of A2 marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 35 minutes

 

Unit 5 : Physics from Creation to Collapse

Weighted at 40% of A2 marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 35 minutes

Unit 6 : Experimental Physics

Weighted at 20% of A2 marks and 10% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 20 minutes

Careers

Students who complete the course successfully will have an excellent grounding in Physics which will prepare them for further study of Physics at A’Level and beyond. This course develops thinking skills that are valuable in any career but which will be of particular relevance in a wide variety of careers including, but not limited to:

 

·         Astrophysicist

·         Aerospace

·         Theoretical physics research

·         Medicine

·         Energy scientist

·         Particle physicist

Science Physics AS Level Download 2016

Science Physics A2 Level Download 2016