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Edexcel GCE in Physics e-Spec
Everything you need
The e-Spec provides a range of useful resources including:
A Senior Examiner explaining the changes to the new specification
A customisable student guide to help recruit students
A course planner to make it easy to plan delivery
Links to sample assessment materials so you can see what is expected
Student exemplars to show the standards required
Information on the products and services provided by Edexcel to support the specification.…read more

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Edexcel GCE in Physics -- Foreword
Edexcel is delighted that this specification has been developed in collaboration with
the Salters Horners Advanced Physics project, a leader for many years in developing
innovative approaches to teaching and learning in physics at A level.
Salters Horners Advanced Physics is developed and supported by the University of York
Science Education Group, a major force for innovation in science education. Following a
two-year pilot, the course has now been running successfully since the year 2000.…read more

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About this specification
The Edexcel GCE in Physics is designed for use in schools and colleges. It is a part of a suite of GCE
qualifications offered by Edexcel.
Key features of the specification
An innovative specification
Edexcel's Physics specification provides the basis of an innovative course that has been designed to engage
and inspire students who have different needs and abilities by providing two distinct, flexible, teaching and
learning approaches:
a concept-led approach.…read more

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Contents
A Specification at a glance 4
B Specification overview 7
Summary of assessment requirements 7
Assessment objectives and weightings 8
Relationship of assessment objectives to units 9
Qualification summary 9
C Physics unit content 11
Course structure 12
Administration of internal assessment 12
Concept-led approach
Unit 1 Physics on the go 17
Unit 2 Physics at Work 23
Unit 3 Exploring Physics 33
Unit 4 Physics on the Move 41
Unit 5 Physics from Creation to Collapse 49
Unit 6 Experimental Physics 57
Context-led…read more

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Contents
D Assessment and additional information 117
Assessment information 117
Additional information 120
E Resources, support and training 123
Resources to support the specification 123
Edexcel's own published resources 123
Edexcel publications 124
Additional resources endorsed by Edexcel 124
Support from the University of York 125
Support 126
Training 127
F Appendices 129
Appendix 1 Performance descriptions 131
Appendix 2 Key skills mapping 137
Appendix 3 Key skills development 139
Appendix 4 Wider curriculum 161
Appendix 5 Codes 163
Appendix 6 How Science Works 165…read more

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A Specification at a glance
AS Unit 1: Physics on the go *Unit code 6PH01
Externally assessed 40% 20% of
of the the total
Availability: January and June
total AS GCE
First assessment: January 2009 marks marks
Content summary:
This unit involves the study of mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power)
and materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes' Law, properties of materials, Young's'
modulus and elastic strain energy).
Part of this topic may be taught using applications that relate to, for example, sports.…read more

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Specification at a glance A
AS Unit 3: Exploring Physics *Unit code 6PH03
Internally or externally assessed 20% 10% of
of the the total
Availability: June
total AS GCE
First assessment: June 2009 marks marks
Content summary:
This unit involves an experiment that is based on a physics-based visit or a case study
of an application of physics.…read more

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A Specification at a glance
A2 Unit 5: Physics from Creation to Collapse *Unit code 6PH05
Externally assessed 40% 20% of
of the the total
Availability: January and June
total A2 GCE
First assessment: January 2010 marks marks
Content summary:
This unit involves the study of thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations, astrophysics
and cosmology.
Several different contexts may be used to teach parts of this unit including space
technology, medical physics and the construction of buildings in earthquake zones.…read more

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