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Physics A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

We teach the Edexcel Physics course – an exciting and stimulating new course that focuses on the real life applications of Physics, as well as the some of the modern advances in Science today.

  • How does a CD player work?
  • Why are there so many stars in the sky?
  • How do I get my javelin to go further?
  • How CERN particle colliders work

If you’ve ever thought about these questions, or wondered about why and how things work then Physics is for you!

Course content

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

AS Modules

  • The Physics of satellites, sports and digital music technology
  • Physics in archaeology, the confectionery industry and surgical body parts
  • Coursework – combining a case study with a practical investigation into a real life situation. Next year students will also go to CERN the world’s largest particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland

A2 Modules

  • Particle accelerators and tiny particles
  • Physics in a fighter plane, How rail systems use Physics to signal and brake!
  • How did we get here? The Physics of the Big Bang, stars and galaxies
  • Designing an earthquake-proof building
  • Coursework – a practical project investigating something of your choice

Previous students have looked at the physics behind:

  • How a train’s braking system works
  • What makes a good Tennis racket
  • How can I soundproof my bedroom best? ...Among others.

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

You must get at least a ‘B’ grade in GCSE Additional Science and GCSE Mathematics. You should seriously consider taking A Level Mathematics to compliment Physics at A Level. Having an interest in what makes the physical world tick would also be a great advantage.

Future opportunities

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

An A Level in Physics will always look good on your CV! Physics teaches you a range of scientific, logical and analytical skills, so you could study a range of subjects at university, e.g. Astronomy, Biophysics, Engineering, Oceanography, Geology, Business, Law and Finance.

Even if you choose not to go to university an A Level in Physics will be seen as a great qualification for all employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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