Y11 Physics

Below you will find information on what you have covered during your course and how you will be assessed.

In my mock examination I will be asked to show I can...

Paper 1

  • Recognise the components of the National Grid
  • Know the environmental impacts of fossil fuelled power stations
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy resources and nuclear power
  • Describe ways of reducing wasted energy transfers
  • Use the equations Ep = mgh and Ek = ½ mv2
  • Use the equations P = IV and E = QV
  • Identify the current – potential difference graphs for circuit components
  • Analyse circuits with resistors in series
  • Know how to connect an ammeter and a voltmeter in a circuit
  • Describe mains electricity
  • Recognise circuit symbols
  • Use the equations V = IR, Q = It, the equation for efficiency and P = I2R
  • Describe energy transfers between stores
  • Use the equation E = Pt
  • Calculate specific heat capacity and specific latent heat
  • Know the difference between accuracy and precision
  • Recognise direct proportion and inverse proportion from a graph
  • Know the difference between random and systematic errors
  • Describe background radiation
  • Describe nuclear fission and fusion and name examples of nuclear fuels
  • Interpret radioactive decay equations
  • Calculate half-life from a graph
  • Use the equation PV = constant and describe the relationship between volume and pressure for a gas
  • Use the equation ρ = m÷v (density = mass ÷ volume)
  • Express numbers in standard form

Paper 2

  • Calculate a mean
  • Ways of reducing friction
  • Use the equation W = mg
  • Recall contact and non-contact forces
  • Describe properties of longitudinal and transverse waves
  • Use the equation v = fλ and the equation T = 1/f
  • Understand the waves ripple tank required practical
  • Know what the electromagnetic spectrum is and how electromagnetic waves are used for communication
  • Know how radio waves are produced and detected
  • Draw ray diagrams for reflection and refraction
  • Analyse colours of light using filters
  • Recall vector and scalar quantities
  • Identify a Newton third law pair of forces
  • Analyse a distance – time graph
  • Use the equation acceleration = change in velocity ÷ time
  • Use the equation work done = force x distance
  • Use the equations F = ma and v2 – u2 = 2as
  • Identify random and systematic errors

Use the equation p = mv and recall the law of the conservation of momentum

How will I be assessed?

Title or Topic Format Length Date
Paper 1 Written paper 105 minutes Wed 1 Dec 9am
Paper 2 Written paper 60 minutes Fri 3 Dec 9am


What should I do to revise and prepare for this assessment?

To prepare for this assessment:

  1. Use the knowledge organisers on the back of your physics booklets (look/cover/write/check) and your revision guide.
  2. Make flash cards for key knowledge and definitions.
  3. Use Seneca learning and BBC bitesize for revision quizzes.
  4. Log onto GCSE pod and search for AQA physics

What useful websites/resources could I use to help me prepare?

BBC Bitesize   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zsc9rdm

Seneca:   https://app.senecalearning.com/dashboard/courses/add?Price=Free&Age+Group=GCSE&Subject=Physics&Exam+Board=AQA

GCSE Pod    https://www.gcsepod.com/