Physics at Key Stage 3:
All pupils begin their time at St Bede’s studying general science. The topics are split into biology, chemistry and physics units throughout years 7-9. They involve a large practical in element in physics and topics covered include light and sound, electricity, forces, energy and space.
Students can use Kerboodle to access ‘Activate’ - an online version of the textbook. Please contact your child’s science teacher for details on how to log on.
Physics at Key Stage 4:
New GCSE Sciences have been developed for teaching from September 2016. Year 11 are currently studying OCR 21st century whereas Year 10 are studying the new AQA (9-1) Biology.
Year 11 students studying OCR 21st Century Science
- Course details : OCR Twenty First Century Science Physics A – J245
- Assessment: Triple science students will sit three examinations per science (a total of nine examinations)
- Units P1-3 (Core): 25% (1 hour written paper May of Yr11)
- Units P4-6 (Additional): 25% (1 hour written paper June of Yr11)
- Unit P7 (Further Physics): 25% (1 hour written paper June of Yr11)
- Practical controlled assessment: 25% (Term 5 & 6 of Yr10)
Year 10 students studying AQA (9-1) Physics:
- Course details : AQA (9-1) Physics
- Assessment: Triple science students will sit two examinations per science (a total of six examinations):
- Paper 1: Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
- Paper 2: Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.
- Both examinations are written exams, 1 hour 45 minutes in length; count as 50% of GCSE.
Students in Year 10 can use Kerboodle to access an online textbook along with quizzes and activities. All students have been issued with a username and password. Please contact your child’s biology teacher for more details.
Physics at Key Stage 5
The Physics department offer OCR A level Physics A
- Content is split into six teaching modules:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
Module 2 – Foundations of physics
Module 3 – Forces and motion
Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
- Assessment consists of three examination papers all sat in the summer of year 13:
- Modelling Physics (01), 2 hour 15 minutes, assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and contributes 37% to final grade
- Exploring Physics (02), 2 hour 15 minutes, assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and contributes 37% to final grade
- Unified Physics (03), 1 hour 30 minutes, assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and contributes 26% to final grade
- In addition, students will complete a practical endorsement (non-exam assessment – reported separately)