Physics A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College
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!
What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.