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Sixth Form: Physics

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Course Title


Subject Leader


Physics (science)

Mr D J Hows





Course Information

Assessment Outline

Year 12

Year 13

  1. Measurements and their units
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  2. Fields and their consequences
  3. Nuclear physics
  4. Astrophysics


12 required practical activities distributed across the two years.


Assessment Objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A-level Physics specifications and all exam boards. The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

• AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.

• AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures: in a theoretical context; in a practical context; when handling qualitative data; when handling quantitative data.

•AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to: make judgements and reach conclusions; develop and refine practical design and procedures.


Key Skills in this task

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding developed through independent research.

Bridging Task

Task Outline

A poster presentation is a method used in universities and other institutions to communicate the findings from a particular area of research.

Your task is to research the extraordinary world of particle physics and to present your findings as an academic poster. The aspects of particle physics relevant to the A-level course can be found in the specification which you can download here:

The link below provides detailed information about how to produce an effective poster presentation.

All your sources of information should be fully referenced on the poster.


Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

You should provide a copy of your poster in electronic form, emailed to

Your work will be assessed on: accuracy and completeness of information; clarity of presentation; range and quality of sources of information.

A selection of students will be asked to present their findings to their physics groups in September.