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Physics

Physics is the fundamental science concerned with the nature of matter and energy. Throughout the course provided at Kellett School, students systematically develop a solid body of knowledge covering the main areas of Physics. In addition, they gain the skills and confidence needed to apply this knowledge in new and changing contexts.

Key subject aims

Students:

  • learn about the unifying patterns and themes of Physics
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of physical facts, concepts and principles
  • appreciate the practical nature of Physics, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context 
  • evaluate, in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions
  • prepare for more advanced courses in Physics at higher education institutions and for other courses which require them to have a knowledge of Physics.
  • IGCSE Physics

    Qualification: International GCSE Physics
    Examination Board: Edexcel
    Syllabus/ Specification: IGCSE Phys / 4PHO
    Subject Code: 10Ph / 11Ph
    Hours: 2 hours per week
    Details: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/igcse09/physics/Pages/default.aspx


    Course Content

    Provides a sound foundation for progression to Edexcel GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced level, and other comparable post-16 qualifications.

    Units

    • Forces and motion
    • Electricity
    • Waves
    • Energy resources and energy transfer
    • Solids, liquids and gases
    • Magnetism and electromagnetism
    • Radioactivity and particles

    Final Assessment

    • Examination 100%
    • Single tier
    • Two exams. No coursework
    • Paper 1: 67%. This is a 120 mark two-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
    • Paper 2: 33%. This is a 60 mark one-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. 
  • Year 12 IAS Physics

    Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL)

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Physics XPH01

    Subject Code: 12Ph

    Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/physics.html


    Course Content

    International AS Level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works. The IAS Physics specification gives students a seamless transition from IGCSE to International A2 Level Physics and beyond to university courses in Physics and Physics-related disciplines. The course maintains students' enthusiasm for Physics and develops their interest in the subject. How Science Works offers practical and investigative experience throughout the course of study which is assessed in Unit 3. The course content offers a traditional specification based on the theories and concepts of Physics, for example Materials, Electricity, Waves, Mechanics and the Nature of Light. 

    Topics covered:

    Unit 1 Physics on the Go: Mechanics and Materials

    Unit 2 Physics at Work: Waves, Electricity and the Nature of Light

    Unit 3 Exploring Physics: Investigative and Practical Skills


    Assessment

    Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 12.

    • Unit 1 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 40% of IAS Physics or 20% of IAL Physics
    • Unit 2 examination is 1 hour 30 minutes, 40% of IAS Physics or 20% of IAL Physics
    • Unit 3 examination is 1 hour 20 minutes, 20% of IAS Physics or 10% of IAL Physics

    Progression

    Completion of the International AS Physics course will lead onto the second year of the IAL course in Year 13.

  • Year 13 IA2 Physics

    Qualification: International Advanced Level (IAL)

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Syllabus/ Specification: IAL Physics YPH01

    Subject Code: 13Ph

    Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/physics.html


    Course Content

    International A Level Physics builds on the subject content covered in the International AS Physics course and continues to prepare students for university courses in Physics and Physics-related disciplines. Ideas in How Science Works are further developed throughout the A2 course in the core experiments that are carried out and are assessed in Unit 6. The content covered develops a sense of wonder into some of the more difficult areas of Physics and allows students to understand the fundamental forces of nature in a Physics context. The course content at A2 covers concepts within Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Particle Physics, Thermal Energy, Nuclear Decay, Oscillations and Astrophysics and Cosmology.  

    Topics covered after completion of AS Physics:

    Unit 4 Physics on the Move: Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Particles Physics

    Unit 5 Physics from Creation to Collapse: Thermal Energy, Nuclear decay, Oscillations, Astrophysics and Cosmology

    Unit 6 Experimental Physics: Investigative and Practical Skills


    Assessment

    Students will sit three papers at the end of Year 13

    • Unit 4 examination is 1 hour 35 minutes, 20% of IAL Physics
    • Unit 5 examination is 1 hour 35 minutes, 20% of IAL Physics
    • Unit 6 examination is 1 hour 20 minutes, 10% of IAL Physics

    Progression

    Completion of the International A-Level Physics course will lead onto University courses in Physics, Engineering, Materials Science and a range of other Physics related disciplines.