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Physics at Bedlingtonshire Community High School

Course description

By the end of the course you will have learnt about:

  • fundamental particles, radiation, em radiation, quantum phenomena, current electricity.
  • mechanics, materials, waves.
  • further mechanics, gravitation, electric fields, capacitance, magnetic fields.
  • radioactivity, nuclear energy, thermal physics, discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality, special relativity.

Skills, knowledge and understanding

  • Use theories, models and ideas to develop and modify explanations
  • Pose your own scientific questions, use appropriate methods, including ICT, to answer scientific questions and solve scientific problems
  • Carry out experiments and investigations
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Consider ethical issues in the treatment of humans

Entry requirements

The topics covered at AS and A level are at a much greater depth than those covered at GCSE and as a consequence the approach to learning these must include increased independent study. This will include:

  • Reading around the subject both prior to and after the lesson.
  • Researching given topics.
  • Being able to manage your time.

Entry requirements are open to negotiation with individual students once final GCSE results are known, but as a general rule:

  • For students wishing to take only the Year 12 AS-level course, grade C (or better) in GCSE Science AND grade C (or better) in GCSE Additional Science are expected.
  • For students intending to take the full two year A-level course, grade Bs (or better) in both GCSE courses are advisable.
  • Given the highly Mathematical nature of these courses, a grade B (or better) in GCSE Mathematics is advisable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedlingtonshire Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years