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Physics A Level at Acton High School

Course description

A Level Physics will teach you the basic principles of the science, giving you a huge range of knowledge into the guiding forces of the universe, including velocity, acceleration, force, mass and energy. From the birth and death of stars to the fleeting interactions of tiny particles, Physics studies how our world works. It is a fascinating subject driven by our desire to find out how and why matter behaves the way it does.

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1 - 50% of AS (1 hour 30 minutes)
Theory exam based on measurements; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and materials; electricity. Written paper, 70 marks of short and long answer questions (70 marks)

Paper 2 - 50% of AS (1 hour 30 minutes)
Theory exam based on measurements; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and materials; electricity. Written paper, short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis (20 marks), short and long answers on all areas of the syllabus (20 marks) and multiple choice questions (30 marks).

A Level

Paper 1 - 34% of A Level (2 hours)
Theory exam based on measurements; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and materials; electricity and periodic motion. Written paper, short and long answer questions (60 marks) and multiple choice questions (25 marks)

Paper 2 - 34% of A Level (2 hours)
Theory exam based on thermal physics; fields and their consequences; nuclear physics. Written paper, short and long answer questions (60 marks) and multiple choice questions (25 marks)

Paper 3 - 32% of A Level (2 hours)
Theory exam based on practical skills and data analysis, plus choice of topics between astrophysics; medical physics; engineering physics; turning points in physics and electronics. Written paper, short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis (45 marks) and short and long questions on optional topic (35 marks)

Entry requirements

At least 2 Grade Bs in Science (Core and Additional or Triple award)

Future opportunities

Physics could lead to careers in advanced physics, meteorology or astronomy. It is also suitable for those wishing to study Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Computing or Philosophy. Physics provides excellent training and skills for careers in business, industry and the financial sector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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