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Physics A Level at Stanley Park High School

Course description

Physics is at the heart of everything and is highly rewarding discipline to study at school, university and beyond. Above all physics opens doors to a wide variety of careers. At Stanley Park High School we adopt the Oxford Cambridge and RSA specifications which lead to qualification at an A Level GCE in Physics studied for 2 years. The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Physics. Teaching of practical skills is integrated within the theoretical topics and they are assessed through the written papers.

Course content

Content is split into six teaching modules:

- Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
- Module 2 – Foundations of physics
- Module 3 – Forces and motion
- Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
- Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
- Module 6 – Particles and medical Physics

Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

Entry requirements

You should have studied the Core and Additional Science GCSE or Physics GCSE course and have been awarded a B grade or above. You should also have Mathematics at Grade B or above.

Assessment

Modelling physics (01)
100 marks
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
37% of total A level

Exploring physics (02)
100 marks
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
37% of total A level

Unified physics (03)
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes written paper
26% of total A level

Practical endorsement in physics (04)* (non exam assessment)

Future opportunities

Physics is such an important subject today. Understanding Physics is important in all kinds of careers from being a fighter pilot to working to design apps for phones and games for consoles and PC’s. Physics is a course that opens a lot of options when applying to university as it is seen as a rigorous academic qualification. At university level you will have the option to study all sorts of courses from Astronomy to Engineering, Earth Sciences and Medicine. After gaining a degree in Physics or a Physics related degree there are lots of career options and pathways ranging from working in the aerospace and engineering sectors to areas such as research into new energy sources. You can find further information by searching for careers using physics on the web and sites such as Physics.org.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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