Physics

The study of Physics at Aston focuses on trying to understand both the world around us and the wider universe through logical thought, and the scientific method. Students are introduced to the importance of experimental work to back theoretical concepts and encouraged to question ideas that cannot be defended by empirical observations.

Staff here are highly experienced, qualified and enthusiastic about Physics education. Currently there are four teaching staff and a highly skilled full time technician in the department with a variety of backgrounds ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Electronics.

In the earlier years at the school there is a strong emphasis placed on developing practical skills and a ‘hands-on’ approach to the subject. As student then progress through the school, and ideas encountered become increasingly complex, there is a greater emphasis placed on the mathematical nature of the subject. In addition to the development of fundamental scientific concepts this encourages a broader development of problem solving skills and logical thinking.

The department runs numerous lectures and trips. Recent visits have included a residential Upper Sixth trip to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy where they had an opportunity to look at the UK’s National Fusion research Laboratory and speak to Research Physicist.

Staff Names and Roles

  • Mr A.Sheergill-  Assistant Head teacher/Teacher of Physics
  • Mr S.Kumar – Subject Leader for Physics
  • Mr R. Uddin – Teacher of Physics
  • Mr J Watkins- Teacher of Physics
  • Mrs M.Vanroy – Laboratory Technician

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

Opportunities outside of lessons

  • Sixth form Trip to CERN Geneva.
  • Sixth Form trip to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
  • Year 10, trip to Cambridge to attend Physics at Work exhibition by IOP
  • Lower School trip Science Museum

Course information

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GCSE YEAR 10 &11

Specification and Topics covered at GCSE

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics
How will your son be assessed at GCSE? 

Paper 1

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 10 & 11?

Many students find a revision guide helpful as a lighter alternative to the course textbook. There are currently two popular guides available, which are published by CGP and Nelson Thornes.

Past examination papers and mark schemes are also available on the AQA website.

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A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13

Specification and Topics covered at A Level

Summary of content Year 12 & 13

Core content

  • 1 Measurements and their errors
  • 2 Particles and radiation
  • 3 Waves
  • 4 Mechanics and materials
  • 5 Electricity
  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences
  • 8 Nuclear physics

Options

  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics
How will your son be assessed at A Level? 

Paper 1

What’s assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 2

What’s assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 3

What’s assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 32% of A-level

Questions

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.

35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

How could you support your son to learn during Years 12 & 13?

Many students find a revision guide helpful as a lighter alternative to the course textbook. There are currently two different styles of guide available, both of which are published by CGP. Students are advised to speak to their teacher for further details.

Past examination papers and mark schemes are also available for both Year 12 and Year 13 on the AQA website.

  • GCSE YEAR 10 &11
  • A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13

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