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La Retraithe Sixth Form

Physics

Studying Physics at the La Retraite 6

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: A minimum of two Level 7 passes on the Combined course, or a Level 6 in Physics as a Separate science. We also recommend a Level 7 in Mathematics.

Why study this course?

This course is a very versatile qualification and can open up opportunities in a wide range of careers from the more traditional science, engineering and medical careers to financial services and journalism. It is essential for degrees in physics and engineering.

What will I learn?

Students will learn and develop problem solving through logical thought, mathematical skills, and practical application such as planning experiments, analysing data, evaluating procedures, and drawing conclusions.

How will I be taught?

We use a variety of strategies to help students build up a detailed but broad understanding of the syllabus content and develop your skills. This includes group and individual work, one-to-one and small group tutorials, individual and group presentations, data analysis, experimental investigations, and the development of practical skills. Experimental work is integrated into the lessons and practical skills are developed alongside theoretical work. There are 12 key practical skills that are developed throughout the course.

How many hours a week of private study are recommended?

Students are expected to complete six hours of private study per week. This is a combination of homework, consolidating classwork, learning definitions and equations and extended reading.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are interested in how the physical world works from the properties of the tiniest particles that comprise matter to the astronomical bodies that make up the universe.

Course description

Year 1

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Year 2

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Turning points in physics.

Assessment

Students will sit 3 exam papers at the end of the second year:

Paper 1:  Any content from topics 1– 5, including relevant practical skills. 85 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions. External written examination, 34% of A level

Paper 2: Any content from topics 6–8, including relevant practical skills. 85 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions. External written examination, 34% of A level

Paper 3: Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis Section B: Optional section. 80 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques. External written examination, 32% of A level

Core practical skills are a non-examination assessment and are reported separately.