Physics

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE
This course will develop your essential scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as establish sound links between theory and experiment. Physics is highly regarded by universities as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thinking Physics is an important qualification for many universities and careers. You will gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills, appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory. The new course launched in September 2015 is very similar in content to the old specification but it is 100% examination. Practicals will be assessed in examinations and you will be “endorsed” for your practical skills, which universities will take into account when you apply for them.

PRACTICALS
Throughout the course, there will be number of practical activities some of which are required as they can be examined. These will include investigations into waves, resistivity, simple harmonic motion and gamma radiation.

 

ASSESSMENT
AS LEVEL
There will be two exams both 1 hour 30 minutes long. Both papers will assess your knowledge from sections 1-5.
A2 LEVEL
There will be 3 exams all 2 hours long.
Paper 1 will assess Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion).
Paper 2 will assess Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 and will use assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1.
Paper 3 will comprise of 2 sections: Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis and Section B (the option): Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13.

CAN LEAD TO DEGREES IN
Acoustics, Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Electronics, Engineering (from Aerospace and Civil to Mechanical and Marine) Geophysics, Optometry, Physics, Radiography

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A in Science and B in Mathematics

Further details about any aspect of the course can be obtained from Miss Gumbs (Head of Science).

Modules (AS & A2)

  • Measurements and their errors (AS)
  • Particles and radiation (AS)
  • Waves (AS)
  • Mechanics and materials (AS)
  • Electricity (AS)
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics (A2 Mandatory)
  • Fields and their consequences (A2 Mandatory)
  • Nuclear physics (A2 Mandatory)
  • Astrophysics (A2 Optional)
  • Medical physics (A2 Optional)
  • Engineering physics (A2 Optional)
  • Turning points in physics (A2 Optional)
  • Electronics (A2 Optional)

Career Outcomes

  • Doctor
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacist
  • Airline Pilot
  • Astronomer
  • Education
  • Architect
  • Computing
  • Designer
  • Broadcasting

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