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Physics A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

Unlike other sciences, Physics has no limits - everything in your life, on this planet, other planets, to the far reaches of the Universe and beyond is in Physics’ job description. The A Level Physics course is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Physics. As you progress through the course you will build on your knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying your understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire Universe. The Practical Endorsement will also support the development of your practical skills.

Course content

There are three written examination papers, ‘Modelling physics’, ‘Exploring physics’ and ‘Unified physics’. The first two papers are 2 hours 15 minutes each and the third paper 1 hour 30 minutes. There is also an internally assessed practical endorsement.

The course is divided into six modules. ‘Modelling physics’ assesses modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. ‘Exploring physics’ assesses modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. ‘Unified physics’ assesses all six modules. All examination papers will also include synoptic assessment.

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
Practical skills that are assessed in the written examination papers
Practical skills that are assessed in the practical endorsement (internally assessed but does not contribute to overall qualification grade)

Module 2 - Foundations of physics
Physical quantities and units
Making measurements and analysing data
Nature of quantities

Module 3 - Forces and motion
Motion
Forces in action
Work, energy and power
Materials
Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons
Charge and current
Energy, power and resistance
Electrical circuits
Waves
Quantum physics

Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics
Thermal physics
Circular motion
Oscillations
Gravitational fields
Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6 - Particles and medical physics
Capacitors
Electric fields
Electromagnetism
Nuclear and particle physics
Medical imaging

 

Entry requirements

Grade 7 at GCSE in Maths AND either grade 7 at GCSE in Physics or grade 8 in Combined Science.

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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