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At WHGS you will cover the Physics AQA Key Stage 5 curriculum by studying the topics listed below:

Core Content

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics

Option

  • Astrophysics

How will I be Assessed?

You will be provided with feedback on your progress during your lessons and from various assessed tasks throughout the year. You will complete a formal homework and test at the end of each topic. Your teacher will give you time in lessons to reflect on your progress and make improvements to your work.

What exams will I take? 

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. You will sit three papers of 2 hours each:

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
What is Assessed
  • Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)
  • Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8
  • Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1
  • Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
  • Section B: Students enter for Astrophysics
Assessed
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 32% of A-level
Questions
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.
  • 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.
  • 35 marks of short and long answer questions on Astrophysics

Practical Skills

We believe that Physics is fundamentally an experimental subject. This specification provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by your teachers and will be based on direct observation of students' competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

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