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Department | Physics

FOR THE INCREASE OF LEARNING AND GOOD MANNERS

MEMBERS OF STAFF

Mr. S. Thompson
Head of Department
Mr. D. Swann
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Mr. W. Fowles
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Subject Information

Facilities/ Resources

There are 2 well-equipped labs each with an adjoining store situated in the Science block of the school, as well as access to IT Suites. The Physics department is serviced by a senior laboratory technician. It is his responsibility to ensure any practical apparatus that is required is in the correct location and that any reprographic or audio-visual resources are also looked after.

What Is Physics?

Answer:

Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other.

This energy can take the form of motion, light, electricity, radiation, gravity . . . just about anything, honestly. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles (i.e. the particles that make up the atom and the particles that make up those particles) to stars and even entire galaxies.

How Physics Works

As an experimental science, physics utilizes the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses that are based on observation of the natural world. The goal of physics is to use the results of these experiments to formulate scientific laws, usually expressed in the language of mathematics, which can then be used to predict other phenomena.

Our pupils should develop the following skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of physics principles.

  • Problem-solving skills.

  • Responsible attitudes and effective communication skills.

  • Practical abilities associated with investigations in physics

  • Improve Mathematical capability

  • Develop good study skills

Most of the above are good skills to have regardless of what field you’re going into.

KS3 Year10

Topics and units

STATIC ELECTRICITY

ELECTROMAGNETISM

LIGHT.

FORCES & MOTION

ENERGY

GCSE

EXAMINATION BOARD

CODE

CCEA

1210

COURSE OUTLINE

 

YEAR 11

YEAR 12

TERM 1

TERM 1

Displacement Velocity and accelerationDisplacement time graphs and velocity time graphsForces and Newton’s lawsMass Density and weight. Kinetic TheoryPressure

Parent Meeting (October).Dashboard Report (November).

ElectricityCharge FlowElectric CircuitsResistance,Voltage and CurrentEnergy and PowerElectricity in the Home

Dashboard Report (November).

TERM 2

TERM 2

Hookes LawMoments and Centre of Gravity.Energy Forms and ResourcesEfficiencyWork and PowerKinetic and Potential EnergyDashboard Report (November).

Magnetism and ElectromagnetismGeneration andTransmission ofElectricityWaves ElectromagneticWaves Reflection and Refraction ofLight Dispersion of Light Total InternalReflection.LensesPrescribed Practical March

Mock Examination (January)Written report (February)Parent Meeting (March)

TERM 3

TERM 3

Radioactivity, Structure of the atom and nucleus.Radioactive decay and Half LifeNuclear Fission and FusionEnd of Year Examination (May/June).Written Report (June).

The Earth and UniverseSolar System StarsThe UniverseSpace Travel and Life on Other PlanetsStructure of the EarthFinal Examinations (May/June).

 

EXAMINATIONS

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Availability

Unit 1:Motion, Force,Density and KineticTheory, Energy, andAtomic and NuclearPhysics

External writtenexaminationThere are two tiers ofentry.Foundation Tier:1 hour 15 minsHigher Tier:1 hour 30 minsStudents answercompulsory structuredquestions that includeshort responses,extended writing andcalculations.

37.5%

Summer

Unit 2:Waves, Light,Electricity,Magnetism,Electromagnetismand Space Physics

External writtenexaminationThere are two tiers ofentry.Foundation Tier:1 hour 15 minsHigher Tier:1 hour 30 minsStudents answercompulsory structuredquestions that includeshort responses,extended writing andcalculations.

37.5%

Summer

 

Prescribed Practical Unit 3

 

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Availability

Unit 3:Practical Skills

Booklet APractical skillsassessmentExternally markedStudents carry out twopre-release practicaltasks in the final year ofstudy.There are two tiers ofentry. Students musttake both Booklet A andBooklet B at the sametier.Foundation and HigherTiers: 2 hours7.5%Between1 January and1 May from 2019

Booklet BExternal writtenexaminationStudents answercompulsory structuredquestions that includeshort responses,extended writing andcalculations, all set in apractical context.Foundation Tier: 1 hourHigher Tier: 1 hour 15mins

7.5%17.5%

Between1 January and1 MaySummer

       

 

 

RESOURCES

 

 

Resources

Books

Textbook:GCSE Physics for CCEASecond editionFrank McCauley Ray WhiteHodder PublicationsRevision Guide:GCSE Physics for CCEASecond editionFrank McCauley Ray WhiteHodder Publications

Websites

Specification: https://ccea.org.uk/key-stage-4/gcse/subjects/gcse-physics-2017

Past papers: https://ccea.org.uk/key-stage-4/gcse/subjects/gcse-physics-2017/past-papers-mark-schemes

Support https://ccea.org.uk/key-stage-4/gcse/subjects/gcse-physics-2017/support

Teaching and Learning

The course notes, power point presentations, dynamic links and additional resources can be found on the Google Classroom. In addition, there are past papers and mark schemes plus revision notes.

 

Why choose Physics A2?

Physics A has been designed to prove a seamless transition to A level for students from their

previous studies in the subject and to develop interest and enthusiasm in the subject. The

specification aims to introduce students to new and exciting areas of physics as well as to

develop essential knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the subject.

The AS specification provides different starting points so providing teachers with an

opportunity to commence the course by developing familiar topics from GCSE or

starting with a fresh new and exciting topic (see Section 2.2).

The A2 specification builds on the AS course and covers essential topics for

progression to post A level course in physics and also includes optional topics from

the former specification A course. These are intended to give an element of flexibility

and allow teachers and students to select a topic to be studied in greater depth.

The specification thus provides a smooth pathway from GCSE and a route to university

courses in physics and other subjects in which physics is a key component

 

 

 

 

The department will follow the CCEA Physics AS/A2 Specification.

 Details can be obtained at

https://ccea.org.uk/post-16/gce/subjects/gce-physics-2016

 

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for physics;

  • begin to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;

  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works; and

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of physics and how they relate to each other.

GCE Physics is comprised of two levels: AS and A2. The AS can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification without progression to A2. However, to obtain the Advanced GCE qualification, students must complete both the AS and A2 levels.

The specification has a modular structure and students are required to study three modules at each

 

 

What will I study ?

 

AS 1

Forces, Energy and Electricity

AS 2

 Waves, Photons and Medical Physics

AS 3

 Practical Techniques Planning, Implementing ,Analysis, Evaluation, Communication

A2 1

  Momentum, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics

A2 2

Fields and their Applications

A2 3

Practical Techniques Planning, Implementing ,Analysis, Evaluation, Communication

 

 

 

Unit

Assessment Format

 

Duration

Weightings

 

Availability

 

AS 1

Forces ,Energy and Electricity

 

A written examination, consisting of a number of compulsory short answer questions, some of which will afford the opportunity for extended writing. Externally assessed Maximum raw marks = 75

1 hour 45 minutes

 

40% of AS

16% of A Level

 

Summer only

AS 2

Waves Photons and Astronomy

 

A written examination, consisting of a number of compulsory short answer questions, some of which will afford the opportunity for extended writing. Externally assessed Maximum raw marks = 75

1 hour 45 minutes

 

40% of AS

16% of A Level

 

Summer only

AS 3

Practical

Techniques and

Data Analysis

 

 

Students complete an externally assessed test of

practical skills, consisting of short tasks(40 marks) and a separate paper requiring analysis of experimental results(50marks)

Externally assessed

1 hour 30 minutes

 

20% of AS

8% of A Level

 

Summer only

A2 1

Deformation of Solids,Thermal Physics, CircularMotion, Oscillationsand Atomicand Nuclear Physics

 

Students complete a written examination,

consisting of compulsory short answer questions

and some that require extended writing.

The questions have elements of synoptic

assessment, drawing together different strands

of the specification.

2 hour

 

24% of A Level

 

Summer only

A2 2

Fields, Capacitors and Particle Physics

 

Students complete a written examination,

consisting of compulsory short answer questions

and some that require extended writing.

The questions have elements of synoptic

assessment, drawing together different strands

of the specification.

2 hour

 

24% of A Level

 

Summer only

A2 3

Practical

Techniques and

Data Analysis

 

2 (1 hour) subcomponents

Students take an externally assessed test of

practical skills, consisting of two experimental

tests (40 marks) and a separate paper requiring

the analysis of experimental results (50 marks).

Externally assessed

1 hour 30 minutes

 

12% of A Level

 

Summer only

 

 

Physics is an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers, from pure science, engineering, medicine, finance, law, music technology, in fact any discipline requiring well developed thinking skills.

Typical Physics Careers

  • Nanotechnologist

  • Physicist

  • Astronomer

  • Geophysicist

  • Research Scientist

  • Meteorologist

  • Sound Engineer

  • Metallurgist

You can view more here: https://www.superprof.co.uk/blog/physics-degree-jobs/

  • Brian Cox

  • Stephen Hawking

  • Sir Issac Newton

  • Albert Einstein

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