THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Physics

Exam Board: AQA

Contact: Mr D. Kebell

Course Overview

The course aims to give you the knowledge and understanding in Physics, and, where appropriate, the skills needed for the use of this in new and challenging situations. Physics is a human endeavour which interacts with social, philosophical, economic and social matters and throughout the course, you will hopefully sustain and develop your enjoyment of, and interest in, the subject by recognising how it impacts on present day society.

At AS, you will study measurement and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics & materials and electricity. This will be assessed at the end of Year 12 by way of two exams.

At A Level, you will study the above topics in greater detail, as well as further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences and then one topic from a list of optional units, including astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics and electronics.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSES 4-9 or A*-C to include Maths and English Lang or Lit Grade 5 and either
GCSE Combined Science: 5,5 or
GCSE Separate Sciences: Grade 5 in Physics and Grade 5 in either Biology or Chemistry

Where can Physics take me?

You could continue to a degree in this subject but A Level Physics may also lead you to studying Engineering, Astronomy, Medicine, Veterinary Science or Architecture. Physics is regarded as incredibly desirable, if not essential, for a range of careers including Astronomy, Medicine, Research Science or even Accountancy.

Assessment

AS Level Assessment % of course
Paper 1 1 hour 30 minute exam 50%
Paper 2 1 hour 30 minute exam 50%
A Level Assessment % of course
Paper 1 2 hour exam 34%
Paper 2 2 hour exam 34%
Paper 3 2 hour exam 32%

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Science curriculum please email headofscience@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.