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Physics AS and A-level at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy

Course description

This course gives students the opportunity to develop their existing knowledge and understanding of Physics acquired at GCSE. Students will develop their understanding of familiar topics as well as being introduced to new concepts. During Year 12, students will study familiar topics such as forces, motion, energy, waves and electricity, as well as being introduced to particle physics.

In Year 13, there is further work on mechanics as well as major studies on fields and nuclear physics. Students study “Turning Points in Physics” which links key concepts in Physics with their historical significance. Throughout the Physics course, students follow a practical skills course which enables them to develop their laboratory skills. Assessment of skills takes place throughout the course as well as in the final written examinations.


Course content

AS Topics (Examined by 2 x 90 minute written examinations)

• Measurements and their errors
• Particles and radiation
• Waves
• Mechanics and materials
• Electricity

A-Level Topics (examined by 3 x 2 hour written examinations)

• The exams assess the Year 12 AS material (above) as well as the Year 13 topics shown below.
• Further mechanics and thermal physics
• Fields and their consequences
• Nuclear Physics
• Turning Points in Physics

Entry requirements

Dual Award: BB // Triple Award: B in chosen A level plus one other science grade B. GCSE Mathematics - Grade B. Physical concepts, models and processes are often explained more fully using Mathematics. You will be required to study Mathematics to at least AS level to follow the Physics course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripley St Thomas CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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