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Physics A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

AS Level
At AS, this specification introduces new topics as well as building on previous studies from GCSE. We learn about fascinating particles such as leptons and quarks. We explore quantum phenomena, including some of Einstein’s most important ideas. We develop our knowledge of electricity and mechanics from GCSE. We introduce materials science and learn about the nature of waves and light in considerable detail.
 
A Level
In the second year, we develop our knowledge of mechanics to include circular motion, simple harmonic motion and momentum. We explore the nature of electric, magnetic and gravitational fields and learn about nuclear processes and thermal Physics. In addition, we complete an optional unit of study chosen by the class teacher.
 

Course content

AS Level
At AS, this specification introduces new topics as well as building on previous studies from GCSE. We learn about fascinating particles such as leptons and quarks. We explore quantum phenomena, including some of Einstein’s most important ideas. We develop our knowledge of electricity and mechanics from GCSE. We introduce materials science and learn about the nature of waves and light in considerable detail.
 
A Level
In the second year, we develop our knowledge of mechanics to include circular motion, simple harmonic motion and momentum. We explore the nature of electric, magnetic and gravitational fields and learn about nuclear processes and thermal Physics. In addition, we complete an optional unit of study chosen by the class teacher.

 

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 4 is required
GCSE Mathematics: Grade 6 is required
 
Students who have taken Core and Additional Science need to have at least two B grades, including B in their Physics modules.
Students who have taken Triple Science must have at least Grade B in Physics, including at least a B in all the examined modules.
 
Given the fundamental underpinning of Mathematics, you are very strongly advised to take A Level Mathematics alongside Physics. It is essential to have studied the higher tier at GCSE. Students in doubt about their capabilities to follow this course should talk to the Head of Science.

Assessment

Expect to spend a significant proportion of the course engaged in problem solving using mathematical skills such as rearranging equations and analysing graphs. You will be doing practical work as well reading, listening and participating in class discussions. You will need to present your ideas and solutions clearly both verbally and in mwritten form.

Future opportunities

Physics is a very well regarded A Level, particularly if you move on to a job or degree requiring a high level of numeracy. One million jobs in the UK are dependent on Physics. Scientists (including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science), architects and engineers would benefit directly from the knowledge and skills acquired through
a Physics A Level, but other professions such as accountancy, finance, management and IT would also value the high level problem solving skills gained.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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