This qualification is designed to prepare students for university study in physics or engineering.
Each module covers a topic that can be exemplified in many different applications, bringing the subject to life.
Students must carry out 10 required practical activities in the course. The practicals are not constrained, allowing each school to choose resources and equipment that best suit their circumstances.
Practicals in this specification include the Young modulus of a metal and investigations into interference effects, transformers and determination of g. Exam questions will be asked on the practicals, but there is no coursework or practical exam.
Physics is fundamentally a mathematical subject, and this is reflected in the requirement for students to develop a wide range of mathematical skills.
Examinations will include both shorter questions for quickly checking understanding and longer extended calculations, which allow students to demonstrate logical thinking. Extended writing questions allow students to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge. In addition, multiple choice questions are included at the end of the papers, allowing students to manage their time.
This qualification is available for teaching now in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Unit 1: Mechanics, materials and atoms (AS)
Unit 2: Electricity, waves and particles (AS)
Unit 3: Fields and their consequences (A2)
Unit 4: Energy and energy resources (A2)
Unit 5: Physics in practice and multiple choice (A2)
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