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Physics A-Level at Whitefield School

Course description

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest of galaxies to the smallest of subatomic particles. Physics is also the basis of many other sciences.

Course content

This course aims to consolidate and extend students’ understanding of Physics. The examination board for this course is currently OCR. At AS Level students study Mechanics, Electrons, Waves and Photons. During A2, students study the Newtonian World and Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics. Students will carry out practical assessments at specific points throughout the year.

Entry requirements

In order to study Physics A Level, students must achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level including English, Maths and Double Science at least grade B. Physics requires a high level of Mathematical understanding so students are encouraged to study AS & A2 level Mathematics to support this.

Assessment

Students study three units each year. At AS Level Unit 1 is Mechanics and Unit 2 is Electrons, Waves and Photons. In Year 13 students progress to A2 and are again assessed by means of two unit examinations and practical examination. Unit 1 is The Newtonian World and Unit 2 is Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics. Students will carry out practical assessments at specific points throughout the year. Unit 1 and unit 2 are examinations, Unit 1 (30%) and Unit 2 (50%) are assessed through written examinations. Unit 3 (20%) is assessed through a practical examination.

Future opportunities

Physics can equip students to go on to study Oceanography, Seismology, Astronomy and Engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

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