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GCE Physics A H158/H558:

Version 1.2

AS/A Level Physics A

Practical Skills Handbook

© OCR 2010

AS/A Level GCE
Practical Skills Handbook
GCE Physics A
OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Physics A H158
OCR Advanced GCE in Physics A H558

This Practical Skills Handbook is designed to accompany the OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE specifications in Physics A for teaching from September 2008.

OCR will update this document on a regular basis. Please check the OCR website (www.ocr.org.uk) to ensure that you are using the latest version.

Version 1.2
The only changes made since version 1.1 are the correction of the G483 and G486 tables on p. 7, the incorporation of updated screenshots on pp. 9 and 10, the inclusion of an Interchange Help Sheet and the removal of FAQs, these will be made available as a separate document in the future. No other changes have been made.

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Contents
Contents

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Introduction

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The assessment model

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Summary of the model
Downloading Practical Skills tasks
Administration and regulations
Marking advice for teachers

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General requirements for AS and A2 practical work

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Skill development

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Practical work for AS Unit G483

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Practical work for A2 Unit G486

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Apparatus list for Units G483 and G486

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Resources

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General resources

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Health & Safety

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Interchange Help Sheet

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Helpful Guide on Practical Skills

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Introduction

New GCE A/AS specifications in Physics have been introduced for teaching from September 2008. The new specifications are set out as units, subdivided into teaching modules. Each teaching unit is assessed by its associated unit of assessment. Guidance notes are provided within specifications to assist teachers in understanding the requirements of each unit. This Handbook plays a secondary role to the Specification itself. The specification is the document on which assessment is based and this Handbook is intended to elaborate on the content of the specification to clarify how skills are assessed and what practical experience is necessary to support an assessment. The Practical Skills Handbook should therefore be read in conjunction with the Specification.

During their study of Physics, students are expected to acquire experience of planning, carryingout, interpreting, analysing and evaluating experiments and it is important to recognise that these aspects of practical work require both teaching and continuing practice. Experience has shown that evaluating experiments and suggesting improvements to the procedures employed is a difficult skill for students to master.

Planning skills will not be directly examined as part of centre-based assessment but may be tested within the theory papers at both AS and A2 levels. Candidates will need to describe experimental procedures and observations. Other skills will be internally assessed by the centre using the scheme shown on the next page.

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The assessment model

Summary of the model
Practical and investigative skills developed within contexts encountered during Advanced Subsidiary GCE Physics (for Unit G483) or Advanced GCE Physics (for Unit G486) are assessed by means of three types of task (Qualitative, Quantitative and Evaluative) at each level. Thus, candidates are required to carry out three tasks at AS and three tasks at A2: 1.

Qualitative task

[10 marks]

2.

Quantitative task

[20 marks]

3.

Evaluative task

[10 marks]

Tasks will be chosen from a selection provided by OCR via the secure Interchange website. Initially, a choice of three Tasks will be offered for each type. All Tasks will be refreshed or replaced each year and additional tasks may be made available. They will be available until...
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