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Physics A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

The aim of the course is to instil a sound knowledge and understanding of physical principles while developing scientific problem solving skills through the application of such principles to situations that are both practical and theoretical in nature. By such means, the course seeks to develop an enthusiasm for the subject and stimulate enquiring minds.

Course content

AS Level Core Physics 1: Mechanics, Electric Circuits; Core Physics 2: Materials, Particle nature of Light.

A Level Advanced Physics 1: Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields Advanced Physics 2: Materials, Particle nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational: Fields, Oscillations General and Practical Principles in Physics.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in Additional Science or Physics and Grade B in Mathematics.

Assessment

AS Level Core Physics 1: One hour 30 minute exam accounting for 50% of the AS level Core Physics 2: One hour 30 minute exam accounting for 50% of the AS level In addition 8 core practicals need to be completed during the year A Level Advanced Physics 1: One hour 45 minute exam accounting for 30% of the A level Advanced Physics 2: One hour 45 minute exam accounting for 30% of the A level General and Practical Principles in Physics: Two hour 30 minute exam accounting for 40% of the A level In addition 16 core practicals need to be completed during the 2 year course The courses are co-teachable (AS is embedded in the A level). AS exam can be sat at end of year 12 and results published. Continuance to year 13 for A level will mean AS level not recognised.

Future opportunities

Physics is highly valued by many possible university courses and can lead to a variety of different careers. These range from pure research or development work to science journalism or patent law. It can also provide a useful background and insight into some of the most exciting current scientific developments as well as demonstrating a students’ ability to grasp and manipulate complex ideas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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