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Physics A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Physics is about the fundamental laws of nature from before Newton to Einstein and beyond. It describes the behaviour of things we can see and touch, such as the motion of cars and footballs, and the behaviour of particles too small to see like electrons and quarks, as well as the birth and death of stars and galaxies. It is at the heart of our increasingly technological world such as GPS, mobile phones, computers and medical diagnosis techniques such as MRI.

Course content

The A Level content is split into six teaching modules which will include practical endorsement.A summary of the modules is shown below:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills
  • Module 2: Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3: Forces and motion
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6: Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of a five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including at least grade B from higher tier GCSE Maths and two grade Bs from higher tier GCSE Science.

Assessment

There will be three exam papers with a range of questions such as multiple choice, stuctured questions and questions requiring an extended written response.

The practical endorsement is assessed by the teacher and requires students to complete a minimum of 12 practical activities that demonstrate practical competence. The performance in practical work is reported seperately to the A Level grade.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.

Future opportunities

It is a required A Level for degree courses in engineering, astronomy and the physical sciences and is a sound preparation for a wide range of other opportunities including radiography, biotechnology, telecommunications, IT, astronomy, the armed forces, the aviation industry, medicine and the energy sector.

The analytical, mathematical and practical skills you learn as part of A Level Physics are widely valued by employers in many other fields including finance, computing, law accountancy and medicine.

On a cultural level students experience a sense of amazement as they begin to see how particle physics has informed our understanding of the natural world and the nature of the universe.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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