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Physics - A level

Year 12 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop awareness of new ideas about the atom, particles, antiparticles and photons.
  • Study particle interactions and the classification of different particles, including: hadrons and leptons, quarks and antiquarks.
  • Study properties of quarks and anti-quarks.

ASSESSMENT

End of Unit test and past exam paper questions

HOMEWORK

Essay about properties of particles, antiparticles.

Term 1.2
  • Develop knowledge about electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena.
  • Explain the collisions of electrons in atoms and the energy levels and photon emission within an atom.
  • Study the wave-particle duality phenomena.

ASSESSMENT

Controlled assessment based on past exam papers.

HOMEWORK

Data and analysis exam style questions from a past exam paper.

Term 2.1
  • Carry on mathematical calculations on electric charge, current and potential difference, resistivity, including the use of a potential divider.
  • Learn about the applications of electromotive force and internal resistance. Calculate mains peak and peak to peak sinusoidal voltage and alternating current.
  • Acquire secure skills in using an oscilloscope as a dc and ac voltmeter to measure time intervals.

ASSESSMENT

End of unit test

HOMEWORK

Essay about electromotive force and internal resistance.

Term 2.2
  • Study and secure mathematical knowledge and understanding of scalars and vectors.
  • Apply mathematical knowledge to explain mechanics of momentum, motion along a straight line, projectile motion and Newton's law of motion.
  • Apply knowledge on scalars to calculate work, energy , power and the law of conservation of energy.

ASSESSMENT

Data and analysis exam style questions from a past exam paper.

HOMEWORK

Essay about motion along a straight line, projectile motion and Newton's law of motion.

Term 3.1
  • Develop knowledge and skills in studying materials in terms of their bulk properties, including density.
  • Study tensile strength of different materials, including elastic strain energy, breaking stress.
  • Calculate the Young modulus as part of tensile strength studies.

ASSESSMENT

End of unit test, based on exam type questions

HOMEWORK

Essay about Young modulus.

Term 3.2
  • Extend GCSE knowledge on properties, characteristics and applications of waves, including progressive waves and longitudinal and transverse waves..
  • Apply knowledge about waves to study in depth refraction at a plain surface.
  • Develop knowledge about properties of waves by studying: superposition of waves, stationary waves, interference and diffraction.

ASSESSMENT

Data and analysis exam style questions from a past exam paper.

HOMEWORK

Essay about superposition of waves, stationary waves, interference and diffraction.

Year 13 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Build upon and develop the knowledge from AS level by studying momentum, impulse and principles of conservation of momentum.
  • Introduce circular and simple harmonic motion and simple harmonic systems.
  • Learn about free and forced vibrations, resonance and the effect of damping on the sharpness of resonance.

ASSESSMENT

End of Unit test and past exam paper questions

HOMEWORK

Essay about the law of conservation of momentum

Term 1.2
  • Carry appropriate calculations about Newton’s law and gravitational field strength, gravitational potential.
  • Apply knowledge about Newton's law to calculate the orbits of planets and satellites. .
  • Study Coulomb's law, electric field strength and electric potential and compare electric and gravitational fields. Calculate capacitance and energy stored by a capacitor.

ASSESSMENT

Controlled assessment using exam style questions to assess the topic content.

HOMEWORK

Essay about Newton's law and gravitational field strength.

Term 2.1
  • Study magnetic fields and calculate magnetic flux density.
  • Calculate moving charges and magnetic flux and flux linkage.
  • Apply knowledge about electromagnetic induction in simple experimental phenomena such as: Faraday’s and Lenz law.

ASSESSMENT

End of unit test, based on AQA exam type questions.

HOMEWORK

Essay about Faraday's and Lenz law.

Term 2.2
  • Extend knowledge from GCSE about the characteristics of the nucleus, alpha, beta and gamma radiation. radioactive decay and nuclear instability.
  • Calculate nuclear radius and nuclear energy.
  • Explore induced nuclear fission.

ASSESSMENT

End of unit test, based on AQA exam type questions.

HOMEWORK

Essay about radioactive decay and nuclear instability.

Term 3.1
  • Study in depth thermal properties of materials.
  • Study in depth the properties and nature of gases.
  • Apply knowledge about materials into molecular kinetic theory model.

ASSESSMENT

End of unit test, based on AQA exam type questions.

HOMEWORK

Essay about molecular kinetic theory model.

Term 3.2
  • Study in depth the discovery of the electron through production of cathode rays and thermionic emission of electrons.
  • Define specific charge of electrons and the Millikan's principle determination of the charge.
  • Explore wave particle duality, by looking at Newton's corpuscular theory of light and Young's double slits experiment.

ASSESSMENT

Controlled assessment, based on AQA exam type questions.

HOMEWORK

Essay about the theory of special relativity