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Physics A Level at Hugh Christie School

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About the Course

Board: Pearson

 

Physics is a challenging but very interesting course for those students who love Science and want to explore it to a much higher level.

 

In summary, Physics is the study of how everything works. It has close links with Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

 

The Physics course is very practical with lots of opportunities to carry out experiments and investigations. You will also learn to work as part of a team.

 

 

 

Course content

Units of Study

 

Advanced Subsidiary (one year course)

Unit 1:

· Mechanics – mathematics of motion, vectors, projectiles, forces, Newton’s Laws of motion, emery, power and efficiency

· Electric Circuits – current, charge, potential difference, resistance, solving circuit problems, resistivity, power, potential dividers, electromotive force and current flow in microscopic terms

 

Unit 2:

· Materials – density, upthrust, Hooke’s Law, stress, strain, Young Modulus and strain energy.

· Waves and particle nature of light – wave definitions, interference, standing waves, diffraction, refractive index, critical angle, lenses, polarisation, pulse-echo techniques, photoelectric effect, Einstein’s equation, atomic line spectra.

 

 

Advanced Level (two year course)

In addition to the topics above the following are also studied in the second year of the course.

Unit 1:

· Further Mechanics

· Electric and Magnetic Fields

· Nuclear and Particle Physics

· Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 90 marks (30%).

 

Unit 2:

· Thermodynamics

· Space

· Nuclear Radiation

· Gravitational Fields

· Oscillations

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Five Grades 9 to C at GCSE, Grades 9 to 5 in both Core and Additional Science including at least one Grade 6 or higher.

Assessment

Units of Study

Advanced Subsidiary (one year course)

Unit 1:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes consisting of 80 marks (50%).

 

Unit 2:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes consisting of 80 marks (50%).

 

Advanced Level (two year course)

Unit 1:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 90 marks (30%).

 

Unit 2:

Assessment is by a paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of 90 marks (30%).

 

In addition, students will sit a third assessment lasting 2 hours 30 minutes consisting of 120 marks (40%). This paper will ask questions from the entire specification.

 

Future opportunities

It is excellent preparation for anyone looking for a career in Science or Engineering. However, the skills acquired in studying Physics are also useful in a much wider range of careers.

 

Physics Advanced Level is highly respected by both universities and employers.

 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or  ask your school/college careers staff. Full course details can be found on the website www.hughchristie.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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