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Physics AS/A2 Level at Alexandra Park School

Course description

In the AS course you will study the core principles of forces & motion as well as studying the properties of electricity, waves and the nature of light; this understanding and the your ability to test your knowledge practically will give you a clear insight to how the world around you works. In the A2 year you will continue your study to discover some of the most exciting and cutting edge areas in physics covering topics on Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Particle Physics.

You will also have the chance to be involved in a large range of trips and activities, including a residential trip to Geneva to visit the LHC @ CERN, trips to Greenwich and the UK centre for fusion energy, visits to leading universities such as Imperial College London and Cambridge, and to hear from leading academics in the field. This, along with the work we do to develop physics in secondary and primary years, which you can be part of are all supported by the Ogden Trust, makes activities cheaper for you and could lead to a £1500 per year bursary at university if you choose to continue Physics to university level.

 

Course content

The AS is a one year course consisting of four modules.

The full A level is a two year course gained by completing six modules combined with

the practical endorsement

Entry requirements

Triple Science at GCSE is strongly preferred with a minimum of a B grade achieved in all GCSE Physics units required. Students without Separate Science must have A grades in both Core and Additional Physics units. A minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE and a C grade in English GCSE is also expected. To study A level we recommend a minimum of an A in GCSE Maths and Physics.

 

Assessment

AS

Paper 1 1hr 30 min - Weighting 50%

Paper 2 1hr 30 min - Weighting 50%

 

A2

Paper 1 - 2hr 15 min - Weighting 37%

Paper 2 - 2 hr 15 min - Weighting 37%

Paper 3 - 1 hr 30 min - Weighting 26%

Non Exam Assessment either Pass or Fail - reported separately

Future opportunities

Physics is one of the most sought after skills in Banking, Logistics, Management, Game Design and host of other industries. It is invaluable for studying medicine and other related subjects as well as engineering and a wide range of technological subjects. Studying Physics beyond A Level also opens up opportunities for exciting and well paid careers. Physics graduates are found working in a range of professions as diverse as patent lawyers, brewing technologists, investment bankers, architects and acoustic engineers as well as the more traditional careers in research and teaching.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alexandra Park School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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    • Alexandra Park School is a thriving and dynamic school which boasts excellent examination results and an outstanding curriculum experience in both the main school and the sixth form. The school is situated on a beautiful five-acre site adjacent to Durnsford Park within sight of Alexandra Palace. The school was opened in 1999 with the aim of creating a great comprehensive school at the heart of the community. We have become that great local school offering top-class education alongside a wealth of opportunities.