In the lower school we follow the English National Curriculum KS3 Programme of Study (KS3 POS).
We use the new Activate Physics books from Oxford University Press that emphasise an enquiry-based approach. Physics is taught by subject specialist in all classes.
In class 4 and 5 Physics is an elective.
The AQA GCSE Physics provides great preparation for the AQA A-level. A-Level Physics is one of the facilitating subjects that allows access to many courses at leading universities.
|Summary of content||Exams|
5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
6. Particle model of matter
7. Atomic structure
8. Space physics
|Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Two papers: each paper will assess different topics.
Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.
Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter and Atomic structure
Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics
Engaging Practicals is at the heart of GCSE Physics
By carrying out carefully considered practical work, you will enhance your investigative thinking, improve your mastery of techniques and consolidate your understanding of key scientific concepts. There are ten required practicals over the two years. For some practicals you will work in groups of two while for others you will work on your own. All practicals require the use of the physics laboratory. For health and safety reasons no more than 14 students can be in the laboratory at any one time. Some of the ten required practicals will be done after school. You will need to remain after school (14:00 and 15:00) for a maximum of three days in class 4 and three days in class 5.
GCSE Physics required practical activity
|No. 1 – Specific heat capacity
No. 2 – Thermal insulation
No. 3 – Resistance
No. 4 – V-I Characteristics
No. 5 – Density
|No. 6 – Force and Extension
No. 7 – Acceleration
No. 8 – Waves
No. 9 – Radiation
No. 10 – Light
A minimum of 30% of marks will test maths skills in GCSE Physics. There will be a variety of question types testing maths skills, including multi-step and open calculations. Some skills will be tested more than others such as use of decimals and translation of graphs.
wave speed = frequency x wavelength
In class 6 and 7 Physics is an elective.
Physics is arguably the most exciting and intellectually stimulating of the natural sciences. It is also the most basic, and underpins other sciences and engineering.
An application form which includes A-Level Physics, whether for a university place or for future employment, will always stand out from the rest showing the applicant to be a curious logical thinker with heightened awareness and comprehension of the continually transforming world we live in.
Physics is desirable for any further study at university level – not purely in science and mathematics.
A-Level Physics provides the strongest route into studies and careers in Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Business, Computing, Law, … in fact, just about anything!
Who is AQA?
AQA is an independent education charity and the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges.
Why AQA Physics ?
Over a thousand teachers were involved in developing the specification, to ensure that the subject content is relevant to real world experiences and is interesting to teach and learn. The specification is a stepping stone to future study, which is why AQA also consulted with universities, to ensure the specification allows students to develop the skills that they want to see.
The optional topic on Turning Points in Physics enables key concepts and developments in Physics to be studied in greater depth than in the core content. Many present-day technological industries are the consequence of these key developments and the topics in the option illustrate how unforeseen technologies can develop from new discoveries.
Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out 12 compulsory practical activities including:
These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you will have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.