Physics B (Advancing Physics) takes a context-led approach. You will study physics in a range of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary physics. The course provides a distinctive structure within which to learn about fundamental physical concepts and about physics in everyday and technological settings. Some of the ideas you will learn about include mechanical properties of materials, communication and signalling, waves, electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, quantum behaviour and fundamental particles. Practical skills are embedded throughout the course, and you are expected to carry out practical work in preparation for a written examination that will specifically test these skills.
The A Level in Physics B content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics. Each module is introduced with a summary of the physics it contains and each topic is also introduced with a short summary text. They are:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination
1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
Module 2 – Fundamental data analysis
Module 3 – Physics in action
3.1.1 Imaging and signalling
3.2 Mechanical properties of materials
Module 4 – Understanding processes
4.1 Waves and quantum behaviour
4.2 Space, time and motion
Module 5 – Rise and fall of the clockwork universe
5.1.1 Creating models
5.1.2 Out into space
5.1.3 Our place in the universe
5.2.1 Matter: very simple
5.2.2 Matter: hot or cold
Module 6 – Field and particle physics
6.1.2 Charge and field
6.2.1 Probing deep into matter
6.2.2 Ionising radiation and risk
You will sit three examinations at the end of your two years of study:
Fundamentals of Physics:
This is a 2 hour 15-minute written examination, that contributes 41% to the total A Level.
Scientific literacy in Physics:
This is a 2 hour 15-minute written examination, that contributes 37% to the total A Level.
Practical skills in Physics:
This is a 1 hour 30-minute written examination, that contributes 22% to the total A Level.
Practical Endorsement in Physics:
You are also required to complete the Practical Endorsement in Physics, which is a set of practical experiments conducted during the course. A pass/fail grade is achieved and is reported separately from the final A level grade.
GCSE Level 7 in Physics or Combined Science Level 77
Students taking Physics must also study A Level Maths (requiring GCSE Level 7)
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5