A Level Physics
About the course
Physics is at the heart of everything we do. We use the basic ideas to explain almost every aspect of our world from the smallest parts of our bodies to the great clusters of galaxies. Physics is relevant to almost every human activity. Such is the importance of physics, both now and for the future, that we need more young people to study physics.
This course will enable you to understand how science works and its relevance beyond the classroom and laboratory. The course will show you how physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important technologies.
AS Subject Content
The AS specification introduces new topics, as well as building on previous studies in physics.The first topic involves the study of the SI system of measurement, units, prefix and limitations of Physical measurement.
Topic 2 introduces the students to modern Physics where they will gain an awareness of the development of new ideas in physics and their application to a variety of specialism. Particle physics introduces students to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum behaviour.
Electricity will introduce the students to electric circuits, voltage and current definition and electromotive force and resistivity.
The students will also have the opportunity to learn about the principles and application of mechanics, materials and waves. Building upon the knowledge gained at GCSE these topics will help them develop understanding of force and energy. Materials are studied in terms of their bulk and strength and students learn about the characteristics, properties and application of waves.
The students will have the opportunities to conduct a certain number of practical work, enabling them to use their knowledge and understanding of Physics in planning, carrying out, analysing and evaluating their work.
This AS Physics stand-alone qualification will be assessed through two exams at the end of the year.
A level Subject Content
The first year of the A level Physics is exactly the same as the AS stand-alone-qualification. The second year will include such fascinating topics as circular and oscillatory motion, gravitation, electric and magnetic fields, capacitors and the generation and transmission of alternative current.
Besides those topics, the students will have a chance to study nuclear and atomic Physics and an optional topic involving the study and interpretation of the Universe. Students gain a greater insight into the behaviour of objects at great distance from the earth and discover ways in which information from these objects can be gathered.
A level Physics students will have the opportunity to carry on a minimum of 12 experiments over the two years.
At the end of the two years, the students will take 3 exams covering all the topics studied, with some questions assessing the practical skills.
Students will be required to purchase a textbook for both AS and A Level.
A physics education equips a person to work in many different and interesting places. The career opportunities available are almost as vast as the subject itself due, in part, to the transferable skills gained whilst studying physics. Employers see a physics qualification as an indication of someone who will immediately be an asset to the organisation. You could gain employment in the different fields of engineering or in industrial or government laboratories. Many students progress into Higher Education.
Students who take Physics are strongly advised to also take Mathematics. Other subjects that go well with Physics include Chemistry and Human Biology. Students can study a range of other subjects depending upon what career or Higher Education course that they wish to pursue.
5 GCSEs grade A*-C, including English Language grade 4 or above, a BB in Core and Additional Sciences and 5 or above in Maths.
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