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Physics

AS/ A LEVEL

What are the aims of the course?
AS/A Level Physics A has been developed for students who wish to continue with a study of Physics after GCSE. Some students may wish to follow a Physics course for only one year as an AS GCE, in order to broaden their curriculum.
Others will continue their course for a further year extending their course to Advance GCE. Such a course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful.

What does it involve?
AS Physics
            G481: Mechanics
                        • Motion
                        • Forces in action
                        • Work and energy
            G482: Electrons, Waves and Photons
                        • Electric current
                        • Resistance
                        • DC Circuits
                        • Waves
                        • Quantum Physics
            G483: Practical Skills in Physics 1
                        Internal assessment of practical skills.
A2 Physics
            G484: Newtonian World
                        • Newton’s laws and momentum
                        • Circular motion and oscillations
                        • Thermal Physics
            G485: Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics
                        • Electric and magnetic fields
                        • Capacitors and exponential decay
                        • Nuclear Physics
                        • Medical imaging
                        • Modelling the Universe
            G486: Practical Skills in Physics 2
                        Internal assessment of practical skills

How is it assessed?
For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of physics are largely assessed synoptically at A2. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately.


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