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Physics AS/A-Level at Greig City Academy

Course description

Due to the perceived difficulty of the subject at this level, universities are finding it difficult to fill available courses. Consequently, the entry requirements for Physics courses at good universities tend to be much lower than those for equivalent Arts courses. For example, a typical offer to study English at Bristol University would be AAA, whilst ABB for Physics. This is typical of many universities.

An A level in Physics is looked on very favourably by employers and universities. A-level Physics is an important qualification for many careers. Some students go on to study physics at university. This may lead to a career in research and development, either in a university or in industry. High temperature semiconductors, a better understanding of sub atomic particles and more efficient ways of storing energy for cars are just three areas of research being pursued at the moment. Perhaps the majority of those who study A-level Physics do so in order to apply their physics knowledge in another subject area at university. Examples of this are the many branches of engineering, electronics and meteorology. For these careers, A-level Physics is essential. A summary of careers is listed below.

Course content

At AS Compulsory modules are taken in Forces & Motion, Electrons & Photons, and Wave Properties. Together these count as 80% of the AS grade, with the final 20% again based upon an assessment of practical skills. At A2 There are two compulsory modules (Forces, Fields & Energy and Unifying Concepts), plus a practical based assessment and a module normally chosen from Particle Physics or Medical Physics. The exact option offered can vary depending upon the specific interests of individual students.

 

Future opportunities

Further opportunities include:

Food scientist

Radiographer

Oceanographer

Mechanical engineering

Climatologist

Geophysicist

Orthoptist

Chemical engineering

Ergonomics

Naval architect

Optics

Aeronautics

Medical Physicist

Audio technician

Astronomy

Electrical engineering

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greig City Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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Key information

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

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