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A Level Physics at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

The course is taugh by very experienced tutors who share 5 lessons a week. Each student is provided with a text book for the specification.

Theory lessons are taught and practice problems are set to answer. Maths support is available for those who need it.

There is a residential vist to CERN in Geneva at the end of year 12.

Course content

The full A Level consists of two years, with all examinations taking place at the end of the course. There is still an option to complete an AS Physics qualification but this will not contribute to the full A Level.

The first year of the course consists of 5 topics:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

The above units will also contribute to the stand alone AS Physics course.

The second year of the course consists of 3 core and 1 optional unit.

6. Further Mechanics and thermal Physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear Physics

One option chosen from:

9. Astrophysics

10.Medical Physics

11.Engineering Physics

12. Turning points in Physics

13. Electronics

There are also 12 core practicals that must be completed during the course, which will be examined ona written paper.

 

Entry requirements

5 A* to C including English and Maths

GCSE Grade B and above in Additional Science or Physics

Assessment

The full A Level Physics will be assessed at the end of the two year, there is no coursework. There will be 3 apers each of which will be 2 hours long.
 
Paper 1- Topics 1 to 5 (see'what will i learn')
Paper 2- Topics 6 to 8 (see'what will i learn')
Paper 3- Practical skills and data analysis (based upon the compulsory practical work) and the option
 
If the AS Physics qualification is sat in the first year, the assessmetn for this will consist of two papers, each 1.5 hours long:
Paper 1-Topics 1 to 5 (see'what will i learn')
Paper 2- Topics 1 to 5 (see'what will i learn') and practical skills and data analysis (based upon the compulsory practical work)
 

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is a valuable qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers. The number of careers involving Physics is vast, from medical Physics to enginerin, to optometry and architecture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA Physics A-level (7408)

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address:
    • prhodes@sgfl.org.uk

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