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Physics at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does the AS specification consist of and how is it assessed?Unit 1: Physics on the GoYou will learn about motion, forces, energy, power, flow of liquids, viscosity and properties of materials. This will be in the context of sports, the production of sweets and biscuits and spare part surgery.Unit 2: Physics at WorkYou will learn about waves and electric circuits in the context of medical physics, music and the technologies used to power satellites.Unit 3: Exploring PhysicsYou will do an experiment that is based on a real application of physics, probably following a visit. You will be assessed on your ability to plan, perform the experiment, analyse the data and produce conclusions.What does the A2 specification consist of and how is it assessed?Unit 4: Physics on the MoveYou will learn about momentum, circular motion, electric and magnetic fields, evidence for the nuclear atom, particle accelerators, particle detectors and different types of sub atomic particle. The contexts used will include transport and communications.Unit 5: Physics from Creation to CollapseYou will learn about thermal energy, radioactive decay, simple harmonic motion, resonance, gravitation, the life cycle of stars, fission, fusion and the fate of the universe! Not only do we consider astrophysics and cosmology in this final theory unit but also consider how to construct buildings that will stay up in Earthquake Zones.Unit 6: Experimental PhysicsYou will plan an experiment within an area of your own choosing, carry it out and write a report.

Entry requirements

A* to B GSCE in Physics and A* to C in Maths and English

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?Physics is a multi-faceted subject that can be an integrated part of many vocations including engineering, telecommunications, medicine, astronomy, Information Technology and Archaeology. You could even become a rocket scientist!!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years