- Full tutor support included
- Make your own study schedule and take advantage of online tutoring hours
- Obtain a certified diploma once you finish the course.
Suitable for: Students can study on this course no matter where they are in the world. The course is made up of various units and each build up your knowledge base of the subject.
This course is designed to provide a seamless transition to A Level from previous studies and develop the students’ interest and enthusiasm for physics. After each topic there will be a tutor marked assignment. This will be marked online by your tutor. You will be sent a welcome letter by your tutor, as soon as you make contact, which will outline assignment submission in more detail. There is a practical element to the AS award which expects distance learning students to reflect on practical physics knowledge as well as theoretical. This unit can be undertaken at an external examination centre. Please contact an examination centre with regard to booking your practical. Your project will be marked externally. All distance learning students should download the Private Candidates Handbook from AQA’s website which gives you guidance on finding an examination centre and registering. Likewise, International students need to download the specific handbook for them, which will give alternative examination arrangements etc.
he blend of student's books and supporting online resources allow you to personalise the delivery of the course to meet students' needs and develop the skills required to tackle “How Science Works” and practical assessment. AQA Physics A A2: Jim Breithaupt ISBN 978-0-7487-8281-9 The blend of student's books and supporting online resources allow you to personalise the delivery of the course to meet students' needs and develop the skills required to tackle “How Science Works” and practical assessment. The whole course is assessment objectives based and combines a number of learning outcome expectations. The assessment objective weightings for the AS award are as follows:
AO1 Knowledge and understanding of science and of How Science Works 40%
AO2 Application of knowledge and understanding of science and of How Science Works 40%
AO3 How Science Works - Physics 20%
Total 100% The Units Unit 4 – PHYA4 Fields and Further Mechanics This unit is carries 20% of the total A LEVEL marks The unit is externally assessed Availability: January and June Content Summary: ·Further Mechanics ·Gravitation ·Capacitance ·Magnetic Fields Assessment This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper which lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes: Section A is 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark. Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks. Unit 5 – PHA5C: Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics Section B: Applied Physics This unit carries 20% of the total A LEVEL marks (Section A 10% and Section B 10%) The unit is externally assessed Availability: June Content Summary: ·Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics: oRadioactivity oNuclear Energy oThermal Physics ·Section B: Applied Physics (Option C) oRotational Dynamics oThermodynamics and Engines Assessment This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper which lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes: Section A is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 40 marks Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 35 marks. Unit 6: PHA6X Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics The unit is carries 10% of the total A LEVEL marks
This unit is externally assessed
Students will carry out experimental and investigative activities in order to develop their practical skills. You will be given the opportunity to access virtual experiments online to prepare you for the practical examination.
The unit is assessed by means of a practical exam followed by a written examination paper. The examination centre will inform you of an appropriate timescale for the practical exam. The written examination paper will last 1 hour and 15 minutes. The full specification can be viewed and downloaded from the AQA website.
How Science Works
You may have noticed that this phrase comes up in assessment and objective criteria. This builds on from Key Stage 4 science and is related to the following: ·The use of theories and models, ideas and clarifications ·The ability to use knowledge and understanding to address scientific problems ·The ability to use appropriate methodology and ICT to answer scientific questions ·Practical knowledge and risk assessment ·Analysis and interpretive skills ·Evaluation skills ·Be able to communicate information and ideas using appropriate approach and terminology
The introduction has covered the basic course content and assessment criteria. Further information can be obtained through AQA. Your tutor will support you throughout the course and provide guidance where it is needed. Predicted grades can only be given upon sufficient assignment submissions, and students are encouraged to complete all assignments, as they provide valuable revision resources for written examinations and ensure that all topics have been covered.