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Physics AS at Bushey Meads School

Course description

To achieve the AS award you need to complete 3 units.
Unit 1: This unit involves two contrasting topics in physics: particle physics and electricity. Through the
study of these topics, students should gain an awareness the on-going development of new ideas in
physics and of the application of in-depth knowledge of well-established topics as electricity. Particle
physics introduces students to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum
phenomena. In contrast, the study of electricity in this module builds on and develops previous GCSE
studies and provides opportunities for practical work and looks into important applications.
Unit 2 : This AS unit is about the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves. The first
section introduces vectors and then develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from
GCSE Additional Science. In the second section, materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and
tensile strength. The final section extends GCSE studies on waves by developing in-depth knowledge of
the characteristics, properties and applications of waves, including refraction, diffraction, superposition and
Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics.

Entry requirements

- Grade B in GCSE Core and Additional Science or GCSE Physics.
- Students will need to have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics and have
an average GCSE points score of 46 (average GCSE B Grade across the top 8 of your
GCSE subjects).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years