AQA Physics specification

This is a summary of everything you have to know for each of the physics units: 1, 2 and 3 with other things as well. I just thought I'll put it on so you can be clear on what you have to know =)

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Version 1.0 0510
General Certificate of Secondary Education
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Physics 4451
2012
Special Features
· Objective tests for Physics 1 are available as on-screen tests
Material accompanying this Specification
· The Teacher's Guide
SPECIFICATION

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This specification will be published annually on the AQA Website (www.aqa.org.uk). If there are
any changes to the specification centres will be notified in print as well as on the Website. The
version on the Website is the definitive version of the specification.
Further copies of this specification booklet are available from:
AQA Logistics Centre, Unit 2, Wheel Forge Way, Ashburton Park, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1EH.
Telephone: 0870 410 1036 Fax: 0161 953 1177
or
can be downloaded from the AQA Website: www.aqa.org.…read more

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General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination - Physics
Contents
Background Information
1 Revision of GCSE Sciences 5
2 Specification at a Glance 8
3 Availability of Assessment Units and Entry Details 9
Scheme of Assessment
4 Introduction 12
5 Aims 17
6 Assessment Objectives 17
7 Scheme of Assessment 18
Subject Content
8 Summary of Subject Content 22
9 Introduction to Subject Content 23
10 How Science Works 27
11 Physics 1 33
12 Physics 2 39
13 Physics 3 47
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Physics - General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination
Key Skills and Other Issues
14 Key Skills ­ Teaching, Developing and Providing 53
Opportunities for Generating Evidence
15 Spiritual, Moral, Ethical, Social, Cultural and Other Issues 60
Centre-Assessed Unit
16 Nature of the Centre-Assessed Unit 62
17 Investigative Knowledge and Skills for Centre-Assessed Unit 62
18 Guidance on Managing the Centre-Assessed Unit 66
19 Supervision and Authentication 71
20 Standardisation 72
21 Administrative Procedures 73
22 Moderation 74
Awarding and Reporting
23 Grading, Shelf-Life and…read more

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General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination - Physics
Background Information
1 Revision of GCSE Sciences -
an Outcome of the DfES 14-19
Strategy
Following the publication of the DfES `14­19: opportunity and
excellence' policy document, changes to the key stage 4 National
Curriculum for England have been announced. One change is a new
programme of study for KS4 Science (published autumn 2004), and
the consequent rewriting by QCA of the GCSE Criteria for Science.
Further details of this are given in Section 1.1.…read more

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Physics - General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination
· There is provision for students wishing to follow an applied route
from the outset of KS4 through a revised double award GCSE
Applied Science.
· Taken together, the three separate sciences cover the requirement
to teach the new programme of study, as does the revised double
award GCSE Applied Science.
· Through these new specifications the opportunity exists for
candidates to study GCSE Science and one or more of the separate
science GCSE courses.…read more

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General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination - Physics
Communication All GCSE specifications must ensure that the assessment
arrangements require that, when they produce extended written
material, candidates have to:
· ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and
grammar are accurate so that meaning is clear
· present information in a form that suits its purpose
· use a suitable structure and style of writing.
Further details for this specification are given in Section 7.4.…read more

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Physics - General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination
2 Specification at a Glance
Physics
This specification is one of a suite of GCSE Science specifications
offered by AQA. The specification leads to a single award GCSE
Physics. The award has four or five assessment units.
There are two tiers of assessment: Foundation (G­C) and
Higher (D­A *). The centre-assessed unit is not tiered.
The objective tests are available as paper-based and on-screen tests in
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General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination - Physics
3 Availability of Assessment Units
and Entry Details
3.1 Availability of Assessment Examinations based on this specification are available as follows.
Units and Subject Awards
Physics
Physics 1a Physics 2 Subject
Physics 1 Centre-Assessed
Physics 1b Physics 3 Award
Unit
November 9 9
January 9 9 9
March 9 9
June 9 9 9 9 9
3.2 Entry Codes Normal entry requirements apply, but the following information
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Physics - General Certificate of Secondary Education, 2012 examination
3.3 Entry Restrictions Each specification is assigned to a national classification code,
indicating the subject area to which it belongs. Centres should be
aware that candidates who enter for more than one GCSE
qualification with the same classification code will have only one grade
(the highest) counted for the purpose of the School and College
Performance Tables.
The classification code for this specification is 1210.…read more

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