A-Level H2 Physics Syllabus & Exam Format – Your Quick Summary

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A Level H2 Physics syllabus

The A Level H2 Physics syllabus has been designed to build on the syllabus coverage at O-Level  taken as a pure Physics or combined Science subject.

The development of the A Level H2 Physics curriculum is guided by these 3 elements:

  1. Practices of Science
    • These are common to the natural sciences of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. These practices highlight the ways of thinking and doing that are inherent in the scientific approach, with the aim of equipping students with the understanding, skills, and attitudes shared by the scientific disciplines, including an appropriate approach to ethical issues.
  2. Core Ideas in Physics
    • These ideas help students to integrate knowledge and link concepts across different topics and highlight the important themes that recur throughout the curriculum. The syllabus content is organised into sections according to the main branches and knowledge areas of Physics (as stated in the Syllabus Content Topics table below).
  3. Learning Experiences
    • These refer to a range of learning opportunities selected by teachers to link the Physics content with the Core Ideas and Practices of Science to enhance student’s learning of the concepts. Real-world contexts can help illustrate the concepts in Physics and their applications. Experimental activities and ICT tools can also be used to build students’ understanding.

Subject Assessment Objectives

  1. To demonstrate knowledge with understanding
  2. To handle, apply and evaluate information (in words or by using symbolic, graphical, and numerical forms of presentation)
  3. To possess experimental skills and investigations

Assessment Objectives

Weighting (%)

Assessment Components

A.      Knowledge with understanding

32

Papers 1,2,3

B.      Handling, applying & evaluating information

48

Papers 1,2,3

C.       Experimental skills & investigations

20

Paper 4

Scheme of Assessment / Exam Format

Students are required to complete all 4 papers:

Paper

Type of Paper

Duration

Marks

Weighting

1

Multiple Choice

1 h

30

15%

2

Structured Questions

2 h

80

30%

3

Longer Structured Questions

2 h

80

35%

4

Practical

2 h 30 min

55

20%

Paper 1

This paper will consist of 30 compulsory multiple-choice questions. All questions will be of the direct choice type with 4 options.

Paper 2

This paper will consist of a variable number of structured questions plus one or two data-based questions and will include questions which require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas of the syllabus. All questions are compulsory, and answers will be written in spaces provided on the question paper. The data-based question(s) will constitute of 20 – 25 marks.

Paper 3

This paper will consist of 2 sections and will include questions which require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas of the syllabus. All answers will be written in spaces provided on the question paper.

  • Section A – consists of a variable number of compulsory structured questions (60 marks)
  • Section B – consists of a choice of one from two questions (20 marks)

Paper 4

This is a practical assessment of the following skill areas:

  • Planning (P)
  • Manipulation, measurement and observation (MMO)
  • Presentation of data and observations (PDO)
  • Analysis, conclusions and evaluation (ACE)

The assessment of PDO and ACE may also include questions on data-analysis which do not require practical equipment and apparatus.

Candidates will not be permitted to refer to books and laboratory notebooks during the assessment.

Syllabus Content Topics [JC1 to JC2 Bridging Course 2021]

Section

Topics

Measurement

1.       Measurement

Newtonian Mechanics

2.       Kinematics

3.       Dynamics

4.       Forces

5.       Work, Energy & Power

6.       Motion in a Circle

7.       Gravitational Field

Thermal Physics

8.       Temperature & Ideal Gases

9.       First Law of Thermodynamics

Oscillation & Waves

10.   Oscillations

11.   Wave Motion

12.   Superposition

Electricity & Magnetism

13.   Electric Fields

14.   Current of Electricity

15.   D.C. Circuits

16.   Electromagnetism

17.   Electromagnetic Induction

18.   Alternating Current

Modern Physics

19.   Quantum Physics

20.   Nuclear Physics

Mathematical Requirements

Students should be able to apply these mathematical topics in A level H2 Physics subject:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Graphs

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