|Year 13 Curriculum Outlines|
|Art and Design|
Introduction and Aims
Edexcel’s Physics specification provides the basis of an innovative course that has been designed to engage and inspire students who have different needs and abilities by providing two distinct, flexible, teaching and learning approaches:
a concept-led approach. This approach begins with a study of the laws, theories and models of physics and finishes with an exploration of their practical applications a context-led topic approach. This approach begins with the consideration of an application that draws on many different areas of physics, and then moves on to the laws, theories and models of physics underlying this application. This approach is based on the Salters Horners Advanced Physics Project. These teaching approaches can be mixed to allow variety in course delivery. Teachers may select the approach that best meets the needs of their students. These different approaches lead to the same common assessment paper for each unit.
Unit 4: This unit involves the study of further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric and magnetic fields, and particle physics.
Several different contexts may be used to teach parts of this unit including a modern rail transport system, communications and display techniques. Particle physics is the subject of current research, involving the acceleration and detection of high-energy particles. This area of the specification may be taught by exploring a range of contemporary experiments.
Unit 5: This unit involves the study of thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations, astrophysics and cosmology.
Several different contexts may be used to teach parts of this unit including space technology, medical physics and the construction of buildings in earthquake zones.
The astrophysics and cosmology section of this specification may be taught using the physical interpretation of astronomical observations, the formation and evolution of stars, and the history and future of the universe.
Unit 6: This unit involves an experiment that is based on a physics-based visit or a case study of an application of physics.
Unit 4 and 5: These units are assessed by means of two written examination papers of 1 hour 35 minutes duration, which will consist of objective questions, short questions and long questions.
Unit 6: This unit is assessed by means of an experiment that is founded on either a physics-based visit or a case study of an application of physics. Students write a report that is either internally marked and externally moderated or externally marked by Edexcel.
Physics would normally be studied alongside courses in Biology, Mathematics or Chemistry. A-Level Physics prepares candidates to progress into further or higher education, to follow various courses in the scientific field such as Physics, Astronomy and Medical Physics. It contributes to lifelong learning skills