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Key Stage 5

Why study Physics?

Physics is the science that attempts to describe how nature works using the language of mathematics. It is the most fundamental of all the natural sciences and its theories attempt to describe the behaviour of the smallest building blocks of matter, light, the universe and everything in between.

How will you be assessed?

Paper 1 (sections 1-5 and 6.1 periodic motion) ‐ Externally written examined modules – 34% of A Level grade

Paper 2 (assumed knowledge from all sections but the option) ‐ Examined Unit – 34% of A Level grade

Paper 3 (Part A:practical skills and data analysis; Part B:the option) ‐ Examined Unit –  32% of  A Level grade

All examinations occur at the end of the Year 13.

What will you study?  
Section 1- Measurements and their errors Students will carry out experimental and investigative activities in order to improve their practical skills.  The examination will not involve completing practical but answering questions related to a practical completed in class and completing a written paper.
Section 2 – Particle and radiation Particle physics introduces students to the fundamental properties of nature of matter, radiation and quantum mechanics.
Section 3 – Waves Waves studies, interference, stationary and progressive waves, fibre optics and diffraction.
Section 4 – Mechanics and  Material In mechanics, we study projectile motion, moments, Newton’s Law, and energy conservation. Materials will look at properties of materials, Young Modulus.
Section 5 – Electricity Electricity is mainly about building circuits and understanding how they work and what they do.
Section 6 – Further Mechanics and thermal physics Momentum concepts, circular motion, simple harmonic motion and simple harmonic systems, forced vibrations and resonance. Thermal physics includes energy transfers calculation and qualitative treatment of the first law of thermodynamics, ideal gases and molecular kinetic theory modelling.
Section 7 – Fields and their consequences Gravitation, electric fields, capacitance, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.
Section 8 – Nuclear Physics Radioactivity, nuclear instability, nuclear energy and safety aspects.
Option – Astrophysics Astrophysics includes lenses and optical telescopes, non- optical telescopes, classification of stars and cosmology.
What will Physics offer you in the future?

Progression to University in a very wide range of subjects and a variety of careers and professions including engineering, financial services, architecture, computing, human resources, the law, education and research but the list is endless.