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In the Physics Department we encourage students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.   It encourages them to develop their curiosity about the physical world and provides insight into and experience of how science works.  

It enables students to engage with physics in their everyday lives and to make informed choices both about further study in physics and related disciplines and about their careers.

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Quality Essentials in a Physics Student Include:


  • An enquiring mind and an interest in how and why things work.
  • A good grasp of mathematics.
  • Determination and enthusiasm to work hard and learn concepts.
  • An ability to work with others to solve problems especially in practical work.

 

Careers


There are a wide range of careers that involve Physics including: all types of Engineering, Health and Medicine and Energy Production (Nuclear, Solar, Wind, Wave, Geothermal etc.). Space, IT and Communications, Media and Environmental positions (Oceanographer, Volcanologist, Seismologist, Meteorologist, Food Quality Control etc.). Education and Research, Finance and Legal and Transport (Air Traffic Controller, Radar System Design, Fuel Cell research, etc.).

 

Teachers


The main Physics teacher is The Head of Physics, Mr Patrick McNamara. The School Principal teaches a Physics class for GCSE as does Mrs Geraldine Doherty from the Chemistry Department.

 


GCSE

 

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We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two written externally assessed examinations and the internally assessed controlled practical assessment.

The structure of the GCSE course, including examination dates is summarised in the table below:

   Assessment  Weighting of GCSE

 Unit 1 - Year 11

 Force and Motion,

 Energy, Moments and

 Radioactivity.

 Monday, 20th June 2016

 9.15am - 10.45am

 35%

 Unit 2 - Year 12

 Waves, Sound and Light,

 Electricity, and the Earth

 and Universe.

 June

 Year 12

 40%

 Unit 3 - Year 12

 Practical Skills

 To be assessed at an appropriate stage in Year 12.  25%

 

For more information on the GCSE specification see the CCEA website using this link:

www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/Physics/revised_gcse/index.asp

The table below shows the outline of the GCSE Physics course as it will be delivered in St Patrick’s in 2015-2016 for Year 11 students: 

   Topics
 Term 1 

Force and Motion
Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration
Displacement and Velocity – Time graphs
Newton’s Laws
Mass Density and Weight
Kinetic Theory
Circular Motion
Centre of Gravity and The Principle of Moments

 Term 2 

Momentum
Forms of Energy and Energy Resources
Efficiency
Work and Power
Kinetic and Potential Energy
The Structure of an Atom and its Nucleus

 Term 3 

Radioactive Decay and Half Life
Nuclear Fission and Fusion
Past Paper Revision for End of Unit Exam 

 

In Year 12 students will be studying the following topics:

   Topics
 Term 1 

 Waves, Sound and Light

 Electricity

 Term 2 

 Electricity and Electromagnetism

 The Earth and the Universe 

 Term 3 

 The Earth and the Universe

 Past Paper Revision for End of Unit Exam 

 

Students will be using the CCEA GCSE Physics textbook and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

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The Controlled Assessment will take place at a suitable time in Year 12, depending on the content of the task set by CCEA. This will involve the following process:

Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment

Students develop a hypothesis and plan an experiment to test it. They draw a blank table to record the results of their experiment, and carry out a risk assessment.

Part B – Data Collection

Students carry out the experiment and record the data collected in their results table.

Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation

Students answer questions relating to their own work, demonstrating scientific knowledge and understanding. They also show their ability to process, analyse and evaluate information they have collected from their experiment.

 


Double Award GCSE

 

 

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Double Award Physics combined with Double Award Chemistry and Double Award Biology will provide students with 2 GCSE grades.

We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two Examination Units (1 hour each) and a Practical Skills Unit.

   Assessment  Weighting of Double Award
 Unit 1

 Weds, 25th May 2016

 1:30pm - 2:30pm

 11%
 Unit 2

 May/June

 Year 12

 11%
 Practical Skills Unit
 A controlled assessment task
 will be completed during Year 12.

 25%

 (This includes Chemistry and
 Biology tasks)

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website - http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/general_science/revised_double_award/

Double Award Physics will be taught over three periods each week. The following topics will be covered in Year 11:

 Term  Topic
 1
 Forces & Motion, Momentum
 Energy Transfer, Resources & Efficiency
 2
 Moments & Stability
 Radioactivity
 3
 Nuclear Fission & Fusion
 Past Paper Revision

 

In Year 12 Double Award Science students will be studying the following topics:

 Term  Topic
 1
 Waves, Light and Sound
 Electricity
 2
 Electricity
 The Earth and the Universe
 3
 The Earth and the Universe
 Past paper revision

 

Students will be using the CCEA GCSE Physics Revision book and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

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The Controlled Assessment will take place at a suitable time in Year 12, depending on the content of the task set by CCEA. This will involve the following process:

 

Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment

Students develop a hypothesis and plan an experiment to test it. They draw a blank table to record the results of their experiment, and carry out a risk assessment.

Part B – Data Collection

Students carry out the experiment and record the data collected in their results table.

Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation

Students answer questions relating to their own work, demonstrating scientific knowledge and understanding. They also show their ability to process, analyse and evaluate information they have collected from their experiment.

 


A2 Level

 

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A2-level Physics is taught over 10 periods per week and follows the CCEA specification. It consists of two externally assessed written examinations and an externally assessed practical component.

The structure of the A2 course, including examination dates is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting

 A2 1 -

Momentum, thermal Physics,
Circular Motion, Oscillations
and Atomic and Nuclear
Physics.

 Written Paper:

Tuesday 24th May 2016

(1hr 30mins)

 37% of AS

 AS 2 - 

Fields and their Applications

 Written Paper:

Thursday 9th June 2016

(1hr 30mins)

 37% of AS

 AS 3 - 

Assessment of Practical Skills

 Practical Assessment:

Wednesday 4th May 2016

(1hr 30mins)

 26% of AS

 

The table below shows the outline of the A2 Physics course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's in 2015-2016:

   Topics
 Term 1
 Linear Momentum
 Thermal Physics
 Circular Motion and Simple Harmonic Motion
 The Nucleus and Nuclear Decay
 Nuclear Energy, Fission and Fusion
 Term 2
 Gravitational and Electric Fields
 Capacitors
 Magnetic Fields
 Deflection of Charged Particles in Electric and Magnetic Fields
 Particle Accelerators
 Fundamental Particles
 Term 3  Practical Techniques

 

The Practical Assessment involves a 90 minute Practical Exam on Wednesday 4th May. This involves each student completing two 30 minute practical exercises and a 30 minute planning question.

For more information on the A2 specification see the CCEA website using this link:

www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/Physics/revised_gce/index.asp

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Students will be provided with the CCEA A2 Physics textbook and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

 


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