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AS and A-Level Physics builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed within GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science.

The main aims of the course are to encourage students to:

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding and skills in Physics;
  • Develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment;
  • Develop an awareness of the use of ICT and instrumentation in Physics;
  • Appreciate the contribution of Physics to society and
  • Sustain and develop their enjoyment of and interest in Physics.

The examinations and assessment board chosen by the Physics Department as the provider of the Specification to be studied and the assessment instruments is CCEA NI (Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment).

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Assessment and Examination Structure 

Formative assessment occurs through homework given to students during work on topics. Furthermore at the end of each topic there is a written test so that the teacher and student are aware of where the student needs assistance and to engage in further study. These tests provide five assessment points during the year. The grade achieved and an effort grade or comments by the teacher are reported to parents in the yearly report.

Structure of the course

The course comprises six modules three of which are taken in the AS year (AS 1, AS2 and AS 3 and three in the final year (A2 1, A2 2 and A2 3).

AS 1 Forces, Energy and Electricity

  • Assessment Format
  • A written examination, consisting of a number of compulsory short answer questions, some of which will afford the opportunity for extended writing. Maximum raw marks = 100.
  • Externally assessed.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Weightings: 40% of AS and 16% of A Level.
  • Availability:  Summer only.

AS 2 Waves, Photons and Astronomy

  • Assessment Format
  • A written examination consisting of a number of compulsory short answer questions, some of which will afford the opportunity for extended writing.  Maximum raw marks = 100.
  • Externally assessed.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Weightings: 40% of AS and 16% of A Level.
  • Availability:  Summer only.

AS 3 Practical Techniques

  • Assessment Format
  • AS Module 3 Practical Techniques and Data Analysis
  • Weighting  20% of AS and 8% of A Level.
  • Practical and written examination. Externally assessed. (2 x 1 hour).
  • Availability: Summer only.

A2 Module 1 Deformation of solids, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics

  • Assessment Format.
  • A written examination consisting of a number of compulsory short answer questions, some of which will afford the opportunity for extended writing. Elements of synoptic assessment are embedded within the questions, and in a data analysis question. Maximum raw marks = 100.
  • Externally assessed.
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Weightings: 40% of A2 and 24% of A Level.
  • Availability:  Summer only.

A2 2 Fields and their applications

  • Assessment Format
  • A written examination consisting of a number of compulsory short answer questions, some of which will afford the opportunity for extended writing. Elements of synoptic assessment are embedded within the questions, and in a data analysis question. Maximum raw marks = 100.
  • Externally assessed. Duration 2 hours.
  • Weightings: 40% of A2 and 24% of A Level.
  • Availability: Summer only.

A2 3 Practical Techniques

  • Assessment Format
  • A2 Module 3 Practical Techniques and Data Analysis
  • Weighting 20% of A2 and 12% of A Level.             
  • Practical and written examination.  Externally assessed. (2 x 1hour).
  • Externally Assessed.  Duration: 2 hours.
  • Weightings: 20% of A2 and 12% of A Level.
  • Availability:  Summer only.

Extra Curricular

Participation in the Irish Physics Olympiad competition.

Participation in the British Physics Olympiad competition

 

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