Accessibility links

Physics at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

Option Blocks: A and C

This is an exciting set of modules with a practical exam element and an options module.

There is a greater emphasis on how science works - the methods and the events that have led to our knowledge through history.

Whilst studying physics you will develop practical skills that include planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making conclusions. You will also gain an appreciation of how scientific models are developed and evolve and the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Physics is suitable if you:

- want a grounding in a relevant worthwhile qualification of recognised value

- want to broaden your educational experience before deciding which A levels to take

- are taking A levels in other sciences and/or Mathematics or other relevant courses such as Design & Technology and want to take another course that will support your studies

- have an interest in and enjoy Physics

- want a grounding in a relevant worthwhile qualification of recognised value

- enjoy applying your mind to solving problems

- enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative and logical thinking

- want to use Physicsto move on to further studies in higher education, support other qualifications or enter physics related employment

Course content

The course is split into 6 modules, three at AS and three at A level. AS level: Areas of study

UNIT 1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena & Electricity

UNIT 2 Mechanics, Materials & Waves

UNIT 3 Investigative and Practical skills in Physics. This is made up from 55 marks of an EMPA practical exam and a practical skills verification module of 5 practical tasks undertaken during normal teaching lessons Unit 1 and 2 are assessed in exams of 1 hours each consisting of short answers questions.

A level: Areas of study

UNIT 4 Fields & Further Mechanics Section A: Multiple Choice questions (25 marks) Section B: Short Answer questions (50 marks)

UNIT 5 Section A: Nuclear & Thermal Physics (40 marks) Section B: Option topic (35 marks) Astrophysics OR Medical OR Applied OR Turning points

UNIT 6 Investigative and Practical skills in Physics. This is made up from 55 marks of an EMPA practical exam and a practical skills verification module of 5 practical tasks undertaken during normal teaching lessons

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Physics or BB in GCSE Science plus C or above in GCSE Maths. If AS Maths is not to be studied then a grade A or above in GCSE Maths

For Year 13 students should achieve a grade D or above at AS

Assessment

UNIT 1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena & Electricity (40% of AS/ 20% A2)

UNIT 2 Mechanics, Materials & Waves (40% of AS/ 20% A2)

UNIT 3 Investigative and Practical skills in Physics (20% AS)

UNIT 4 Fields & Further Mechanics Section A (20% A2)

UNIT 5 Section A: Nuclear & Thermal Physics (20% A2)

UNIT 6 Investigative and Practical skills in Physics (10% A2)

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent preparation for a wide range of further studies and is well respected by employers. Physics at this level is applicable to further study in science and technology as well as vocational courses such as medicine, radiography and veterinary studies.

Physicists are recognised as being logical employees who can plan large projects in areas such as technology, space exploration, earth science, civil engineering and politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2012
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

Venues