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Physics A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

Core content
- 1 Measurements and their errors
- 2 Particles and radiation
- 3 Waves
- 4 Mechanics and materials
- 5 Electricity

Year 2

Core content
- 1 Measurements and their errors
- 2 Particles and radiation
- 3 Waves
- 4 Mechanics and materials
- 5 Electricity
- 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
- 7 Fields and their consequences
- 8 Nuclear physics

Options (only one option module is studies)
- 9 Astrophysics (Traditionally we choose this option at Trinity)
- 10 Medical physics
- 11 Engineering physics
- 12 Turning points in physics
- 13 Electronics

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - B to include grades AA in GCSE Additional Science (or a grade A in the physics paper of the GCSE Triple Science exam) together with level 7 in Mathematics (Higher paper) and level 5 in English Language. Students will normally be expected to support the study of Physics with either an A Level in Mathematics or a second Science.

Assessment

There will be three written exams:

Paper 1: written exam of 2 hours duration and worth 85 marks (34% of A Level) covering sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Period motion). The format of the paper will be 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 2: written exam of 2 hours duration and worth 85 marks (34% of A Level) covering sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8. The format of the paper will be 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 3: written exam of 2 hours duration and worth 80 marks (32% of A Level) divided into two sections.
- Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
- Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 (i.e. one option topic)

The format of this paper will be 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis and 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

Future opportunities

Physics is a very demanding but rewarding subject suitable for students who:
- have an interest in, and enjoy Physics;
- want to find out how things work in the physical world;
- enjoy applying their minds to solving problems;
- enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative, logical thinking;
- want to use Physics to support other qualifications or to progress onto further studies or employment.

Physics is the most fundamental of all the Sciences. It is concerned with the study of matter, energy and the interactions between them. It is important as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all the other sciences, engineering and technology. Students who continue their study of Physics to degree level will find a wide range of careers open to them. Some of the fields that graduate Physicists enter include: Research and Development, Design and Production, Medical Physics, Astronomy, Teaching Physics, Geophysics, Meteorology, Computing (hardware and software), Administration and Management, Accountancy, Banking, Financial Analysis and Science Journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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