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Miss S Patterson MEng PGCE (Head of Department)

Mrs A Turner BSc DASE PGCE

Mr A Ross MSc BSc PGCE

 

WHAT IS PHYSICS?

Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. It concerns the study of everything from sub-atomic particles from which all matter is made, to the structure and eventual fate of the Universe. Much of the technology which we take for granted was only made possible by the discoveries of Physicists. DVDs, CDs, MP3 players, mobile phones, the internet, MRI scanners, X-ray machines, radiotherapy and laser surgery are just some of the developments for which we can thank the application of Physics.

WHAT DO WE STUDY?

Key Stage 3

Year 8 – We introduce the study of Energy, Electricity and Electromagnetism.
Year 9 – We study Heat, Motion and Space
Year 10 – We look at Light, Sound and Forces

GCSE

We follow the CCEA GCSE Physics specification.
In Year 11 pupils study Unit 1 which is comprised of the following topics:

- Forces and Motion
- Energy
- Moments
- Radioactivity

Pupils will sit an exam at the end of Year 11 worth 35% of the overall qualification lasting 1hr 30 mins.

In Year 12 pupils study Unit 2 which is comprised of the following topics:

- Waves, Sound and Light
- Electricity
- The Earth and Universe.

Unit 2 is examined at the end of Year 12 and is worth 40% of the qualification. The exam lasts 1 hr 45 mins.

Unit 3 is a controlled assessment task worth 25% of the overall qualification and will be completed at some stage during Year 11 or Year 12 depending on the task.

Further details may be found at www.ccea.org.uk

A-LEVEL

We follow the CCEA A Level Physics specifications.

In Year 13 pupils will study the AS course comprised of three units:

Unit AS 1 - Forces, Energy and Electricity – 1 hr 45 min examination- 40% of the total AS marks, 16% of the total GCE marks.

Unit AS 2 – Waves, Photons and Astronomy - 1 hr 45 min examination- 40% of the total AS marks, 16% of the total GCE marks

Unit AS 3 – Practical Techniques and Data Analysis – a test of practical skills consisting of short experiemental tasks and a seperate paper requiring the analysis of experimental results - 2 (1 hour) components - 20% of the total AS marks, 8% of the total GCE marks.

In Year 14 pupils study the A2 course which is also comprised of three units:

Unit A2 1– Deformation of Solids, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics – 2 hr examination - 24% of A Level.

Unit A2 2 – Fields, Capacitors and Particle Physics - 2 hr examination - 24% of A Level.

Unit A2 3– Practical Techniques and Data Analysis - a test of practical skills, consisting of 2 experimental tests and a seperate paper requiring the analysis of experimental results - 2 (1 hour) components - 12% of A Level.

Further details may be found at www.ccea.org.uk

Careers options
Some of the many careers that can be followed after studying Physics are:

Optometrist, radiographer, pilot, surgeon, clinical scientist, astrophysicist, satellite engineer, weather forecaster, sound engineer, accountant, renewable energy engineer, electrical engineer, systems engineer, civil engineer, software engineer, architect, mechanical engineer, computer game designer, electrician, laser fusion scientist, teacher, lecturer, science reporter.......... the list is endless!!

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