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Physics at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

Well, do you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between?

How about understanding how the technology around you works? Want to save the planet or maybe just help people get better when they are ill? Or maybe you don’t care about any of this and just want to earn lots of money?

Well it doesn’t really matter. Whatever you do the knowledge and skills you gain by studying physics will be useful. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

 

Course content

Year 1 Units

Year 12 comprises of two units; ‘Forces and Motion’ and ‘Electrons, Waves and Photons’.

Topics included in the study of mechanics: physical quantities and units, scalars and vectors, measurement, motion, forces in action, work energy and power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.

During the ‘Electrons, Wave and Photons’ module, students will study: charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves, and quantum physics.

Year 2 Units

In year 13, students will complete two further modules; ‘Newtonian World and Astrophysics’ and ‘Particles and Medical Physics’ .

Students will study thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields and astrophysics as part of the Newtonian world and astrophysics module.

In ‘Particles and Medical Physics’ students will study the following: capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics and medical imaging.

At the end of Year 13, students will sit 3 exams, covering all content learned during their time in the sixth form.

There is also a practical endorsement element to the course; this is reported separately as a pass or fail. 

Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE to include English, Mathematics and Science.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.

Assessment

At the end of Year 13, students will sit 3 exams, covering all content learned during their time in the sixth form.

There is also a practical endorsement element to the course; this is reported separately as a pass or fail. 

Future opportunities

The study of Physics allows students to go on and study any Science in more detail, or indeed any other subject with a greater understanding, including Engineering and Medicine. Physics is recognised as one of the hardest and most worthwhile subjects to study, so we don’t study it because it is easy, we study it because it is hard.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Students should be able to recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge, organise and communicate information in a variety of ways. They will develop the skills to be able to analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and apply it to unfamiliar situations. The course will allow them to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Students will also be assessed on their practical competency; scientific investigation skills will be embedded throughout the course.

What other subjects should I study with Physics?

Physics is an excellent subject to study alongside other sciences and it is recommended that students also take Mathematics to compliment the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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