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Physics AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

What is the course about?

Physics will teach you how to communicate effectively and how to research and think critically about problems. A level Physics takes some of the topics you studied at GCSE into more depth, so that it builds upon previous knowledge. Also it introduces new topics such as quantum phenomena, where sub-atomic particles seem to behave rather oddly. You will carry out practical investigations as you did at GCSE, to help your understanding.

For whom is the course suitable?

The course is aimed at interested students who have achieved at least a grade 6 in Physics or GCSE Combined: Trilogy (Physics Component). A grade 6 in Mathematics at GCSE is also recommended to show the ability to cope with the high mathematical content.

Choose Physics if:

· You are an able and confident mathematician·

 You intend to pursue a career or further studies in Physics, engineering or another science related field· 

You have enjoyed studying Physics, even if you are not sure of taking it at tertiary level

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment

A wide variety of teaching and learning styles are used. These will involve students in:

· Using practical techniques to carry out investigations

· Solving problems using mathematical techniques as well as non mathematical concepts

· Studying the applications of Physics

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours a week, outside lesson time. This will involve a wide variety of activities including problem solving, background reading and researching topics.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

You will acquire skills and knowledge that will be useful for any occupation. In particular, your problem solving skills will be sought after by universities and companies. Many physicists have careers in engineering or research where they investigate the latest theories at the cutting edge of technology.

Method of Study and Assessment

Module 1—Development of practical skills     Module 4—Electrons, waves & photons

Module 2—Foundation of physics           Module 5—Newtonian world & astrophysics

Module 3—Forces & motion                    Module 6—Particles & medical physics

At A level—Paper 1  can assess any content from Modules 1, 3 & 5

                   Paper 2 can assess content from Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 plus any material      apporpriately flagged within specifications from Modules 1-6

                   Paper 3  content from Modules 1-6

A Level course

Paper 1– Modelling Physics

Multiple choice & Structured questions   2 hours 15 mins– 37% of A Level

Paper 2—Exploring Physics  

Multiple choice & Structured questions  2 hours 15 mins– 37% of A Level

Paper 3 Unified Physics

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes—26% of A Level


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Entry requirements

See Prospectus on school website for details

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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