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St Paul's School
for Girls

Key Stage 5 - Physics

A Level Physics

Exam Board AQA

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

This is a 2 year course consisting of 8 compulsory sections and 1 option section.  These 9 sections, together with Practical Skills and Data Analysis are examined in 3 papers at the end of the course.

Section 1 is introduced in Year 12 and applied throughout the course

Sections 2 - 5 are studied in Year 12

There is a separate Practical Endorsement

Section

Section Title

Taught by

How is this section

assessed?

What will I be

expected to do?

When is

the exam?

How much

of the

A level grade?

1

Measurements and their errors.

Miss Dobie, Mr Jones & Ms Sahota throughout the course

Paper 1

Sections

1- 5 + 6.1

Written exam

2 hours

85 marks

60 marks of short and long answer questions.

25 marks of multiple choice questions.

All compulsory

June 2018

34%

2

Particles and radiation

Miss Dobie

3

Waves

Miss Dobie
(3.1 Progressive and stationary waves)
Mr Jones
(3.2.1 Interference & 3.2.2 Diffraction)
Ms Sahota
(3.2.3 Refraction at a plane surface)

4

Mechanics and materials

Ms Sahota

5

Electricity

Mr Jones

6

Further mechanics and thermal physics

 

Paper 2

Sections

6.2 - 8

Written exam

2 hours

85 marks

60 marks of short and long answer questions.

25 marks of multiple choice questions.

All compulsory

June 2018

34%

 

 

 

7

Fields and their consequences.

 

8

Nuclear Physics

 

9 or

10 or

11 or

12 or

13

Astrophysics

Medical Physics

Engineering Physics

Turning points in Physics

Electronics

 

Paper 3

Written exam

2 hours

80 marks

Section A Compulsory

Section on Practical skills and data analysis

Section B

Students will be entered for 1 of sections 9, 10. 11. 12 or 13.

45 marks of short and long answer questions on Practical skills and data analysis.

35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

 

32%

Assessment Objectives

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:

 - in a theoretical context

- in a practical context

- when handling qualitative data

- when handling quantitative data

AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to:

- make judgements and reach conclusions

- develop and refine practical design and procedures