Physics (Y Pant)

Physics (Y Pant)

Level: AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board: WJEC

Location: Y Pant Comprehensive School

Physics is a very interesting course that is a key part of Science, Technology and Engineering. It allows pupils to develop the key skills of literacy, numeracy, ICT and analytical skills.
Pupils will explore the following areas:

Unit title and description AS

Unit title and description A LEVEL

AS Unit 1

Motion, Energy and Matter

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

20% of qualification

  1.  Basic physics
  2. Kinematics
  3. Dynamics
  4. Energy concepts
  5. Solids under stress
  6. Using radiation to investigate stars
  7. Particles and nuclear structure
A2 Unit 3

Oscillations and Nuclei

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

25% of qualification

  1. Circular motion
  2. Vibrations
  3. Kinetic theory
  4. Thermal physics
  5. Nuclear decay
  6. Nuclear energy
AS Unit 2

Electricity and Light

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

20% of qualification

  1.  Conduction of electricity
  2. Resistance
  3. D.C. circuits
  4. The nature of waves
  5. Wave properties
  6. Refraction of light
  7. Photons
  8. Lasers
A2 Unit 4

Fields and Medical Physics

Written examination: 2 hours

25% of qualification

  1. Capacitance
  2. Electrostatic and gravitational fields of force
  3. Orbits and the wider universe
  4. Magnetic fields
  5. Electromagnetic induction
  6. X-rays
  7. Ultrasound
  8. Magnetic resonance
  9. Radioactivity


A2 Unit 5

Practical Examination

10% of qualification

Requirements/Skills for entry to the Course:

Pupils with an A or B grade in GCSE Separate Physics or an A or B grade in Additional Science and Core Science will be accepted on to the course. Pupils with a grade C grade in GCSE Physics or a C grade in Additional Science and Core Science will be considered for the course after consultation with other staff. A good level of mathematical understanding is essential. Therefore, another requirement that pupils must have is a grade A or B in GCSE Mathematics. Physics is a very demanding yet rewarding course which requires a very high level of commitment and work.

Career Opportunities/Additional Information:

Physics is important in many fields of employment, such as medicine, engineering and the obvious scientific fields. As a subject it is very well respected as a qualification for entry on to most higher education courses, including non-scientific courses.

Staff to consult for further information:

Mr. A. Gardner (Head of Physics, Y Pant Comprehensive)

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