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Physics at Dyson Perrins CofE Academy

Course description

The AS course starts with a bang as we consider quarks and the quantum world before geeing much more down to earth with units covering electricity, forces and waves. Whilst the first topic has a more theoretical approach, the later ones are very practical and applied. This reflects the many career paths that a study of Physics can lead to om data analysis in fields as diverse as astronomy or finance to engineering.

AS Level
Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity Students discover a whole particle zoo and how they interact. They re-define their idea of fundamental particles and stretch their conceptual ideas of waves, mass and energy in the study of quantum mechanics.
They also extend their knowledge of electrical circuits om GCSE to include new components and a more thorough understanding of current, voltage and resistance. (40% of AS)

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves Students study traditional ideas of forces, motion and energy in the study of mechanics, extending their GCSE knowledge into more real life problems.Students then stretch and strain over problems involving material properties why does glass break? Are marshmallows elastic or plastic in their behaviour? The final part of the course is studying waves om classic physics experiments to the design of fibre optics and noise cancelling headphones. (40% of AS)

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics Students are credited for experimental work conducted throughout the course and then sit a practical examination. This takes the form of an investigative task where students take measurements and analyse their results. They then sit a written paper where they are asked to further analyse and to evaluate their results and apply their skills to previously unseen problems. (20% of AS)

A2 Level:
Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics In this unit, students study the electrical, magnetic and gravitational fields, looking for the similarities in scientists’ quest to unify our understanding. They apply their study to capacitors, motors and planetary motion respectively. (20% of A level marks)
Unit 5:Nuclear and Thermal Physics and an Optional Topic. This unit consists of two sections.
* Section A is the study of radio activity and the energy bound up in the nucleus and gives students the chance to measure the size of an atom, investigate the nuclear power industry and to understand the physics of particles through the study of gases. Students then have a choice of optional topic they can study including Astro-physics, Medical Physics or Turning Points in Physics (a study of the great discoveries of the 20th century including relativity and quantum mechanics). The choice is made, aſter lively debate, by a vote amongst the students who make up that cohort. (20% of A level marks)
Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 PhysicsThis is very similar to unit 3 in the way it is assessed but it extends the equipment that students are expected to be familiar with using including data logging equipment, spectrometers, oscilloscopes and techniques such as using verrier scales, avoiding parallax errors and multiple oscillations for liming experiments (10% of A level marks)

Entry requirements

Students must have studied Core and Additional Science or the separate triple Sciences at GCSE. A Level Physics is a rigorous A Level and it is recommended that they should have at least a B grade in GCSE Science and Maths. Having qualifications in triple Science will be an initial advantage, but these are not necessary to take the course. Although students do not have to study A level Maths to complete the course, they do complement each other well and it is an advantage to do so.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dyson Perrins CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 May 2014

Key information

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

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