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Physics AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

A level Physics provides a sound basis for those wishing to follow a variety of careers including Pure and Applied Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. Medical Physics has recently been introduced as an optional element to the course and students from the department participate annually in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales, which gives students hands-on experience of a real engineering problem.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for pupils having studied the GCSE Additional Science and in particular the GCSE Physics courses and attained Grade B or above. Due to the mathematical rigours of the course, students opting to study A-level Physics would benefit from studying AS or A level Mathematics, although this is not mandatory.
 

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E – 3 points

F – 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.

 

Assessment

Modular AS and A level courses are followed and practical work is included in the assessment for both AS and A level.

Future opportunities

A level Physics provides a sound basis for those wishing to follow a variety of careers including Pure and Applied Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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