Physics

To discover and to inspire curiosity. Our core purpose is to provide students with:

  • The tools to discover the truths of the world that we live in
  • The opportunity to discover new ideas by investigating and drawing evidence-based conclusions
  • The skills to access analytical and technological careers
  • Employable skills such as problem solving, modelling, and reasoning

KS4 GCSE Triple Award (Year 10 & 11)

Content Assessment
The core content is the same as year 10 and 11 core double science.In addition, students learn:
Chapter 2 – energy transfer by Infrared radiation
Chapter 3 – static electricity
Chapter 6 – Gas pressure and volume
Chapter 7:
Radiation in medicine
Nuclear Fission/Fusion
Hazards of radioactive emissions 
Chapter 8: Moments, levers and gears
Chapter 10: Momentum and Impact forces
Chapter 11: force and Pressure
Chapter 12: Sound, ultrasound and earthquakes
Chapter 14: Light
Chapter 15: Electromagnetic Induction and transformers
Chapter 16: Space
AQA External paper 1 assessment 
(Chapters 1-7: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure)
AQA External paper 2 assessment
(Chapters 8-16: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics. 
Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from chapters 1-5) 
Autumn paper 1 – internal AQA past paper
(Chapters 1-7)
Spring paper 2 – internal AQA past paper
(Chapters 8-16) 

 

Physics A Level

Content Assessment
Year 12  
Particles and radiation
This section introduces students both to the fundamental properties of matter, and to electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena.
Waves
GCSE studies of wave phenomena are extended through a development of knowledge of the characteristics, properties, and applications of travelling waves and stationary waves. Topics treated include refraction, diffraction, superposition, and interference.
Mechanics and Materials
This topic underpins many applications in engineering, transport, technology and continues 
with a study of the bulk properties and tensile strength of the materials used in application.
Electricity
All electrical engineers start their training with the basic principles of electricity. This section provides knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits, internal resistance and potential dividers. 
Skills in AS Physics
Physics is a practical subject. The development and acquisition of practical skills, applying experimental methods and techniques for analysing empirical data is fundamental. 

Year 11

January assessment- internal AQA past paper questions

(Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7 & 8)

June Paper 1- internal but AQA past AS paper 1

(Chapters 1-16)

June Paper 2- internal but AQA past AS paper 2

(Chapters 1-16)

Further Mechanics (chapters 17&18)
This section provides knowledge and understanding of circular motion (and important concepts such as centripetal force and acceleration) and simple harmonic motion (forced oscillations and resonance).
and Thermal Physics (chapter 19&20)
This section provides knowledge and understanding of temperature, mater, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat with contexts involving heat transfer and change of phase. It also provides an opportunity to discuss how Newton’s laws can be used to model the behaviour of gases.
Fields
The concept of field is one of the great unifying ideas in physics. The ideas of gravitation, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are developed within the topic to emphasise this unification. Practical applications considered include planetary and satellite orbits, capacitance and capacitors, their charge and discharge through resistors, and electromagnetic induction. These topics have considerable impact on modern society
Nuclear Physics
This section builds on the work of Particles and radiation to link the properties of the nucleus to the production of nuclear power through the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei, and the link between energy and mass. 
Astrophysics (option)
Fundamental physical principles are applied to the study and interpretation of the Universe. Students gain deeper insight into the behaviour of objects at great distances from Earth and discover the ways in which information from these objects can be gathered. 
AQA External paper 1: (Chapters 1-18)

AQA External paper 2: (Chapters 19-27*)

AQA External paper 3: Section A - Practical skills and data analysis 
Section B - Option Chapter 28: Astrophysics

Autumn paper 1 – internal AQA past paper 1
(Chapters 1-18)

Autumn paper 2 – internal AQA Practical methods (past paper exam questions covering content from Chapters 1-18)

Spring paper 1 – internal AQA past paper 1
(Chapters 1-18) 

Spring paper 2 – internal AQA past paper 2
(Chapters 19-27*) 
* Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1