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Physics AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

Physics was the first of the sciences and it remains the central spine on which every other discipline depends: Microbiology, Genetics, Engineering, Medical Physics and Seismology; they all reduce down to a small set of physics formulas.

The aim of the Advanced Level course is to teach you how experimental physics is done, something about the philosophy of scientific enquiry and, of course, knowledge and understanding of the most important and fundamental physics concepts.

The course is demanding but many students, with different GCSEs have done it with great success. If you are comfortable with GCSE Science and Maths, and have an enquiring mind, you will get a lot from AS Physics.

Course content

This new course deals with the physical world, from quarks to Black Holes, from the birth to the death of the universe. We deal with invisible electric and magnetic forces and much more. Throughout, we use mathematics, practical’s, demonstrations, student presentations, discussions and real- world applications to help develop your understanding and build your skills.

AS

  • Unit 1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity Nuclear Physics, Antimatter, Wave-particle duality, Circuits and current
  • Unit 2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves
    Motion, Forces, Energy, Properties of materials, Longitudinal and transverse waves
  • Unit 3 Practical Skills in Physics
    This AS practical skills unit is teacher-assessed and externally moderated.
    Candidates are assessed on a qualitative, a quantitative and an evaluative task.

A2

  • Unit 4 Fields and Further Mechanics
    Momentum, circular and simple harmonic motion, Gravitational, electric and magnetic fields
  • Unit 5 Nuclear and Thermal Physics, and an option
    Particles and energy plus a class option
  • Unit 6 Practical Skills in Physics
    This A2 practical skills unit is similar to the AS level

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a Grade C in the Sciences and Maths.

It is strongly recommended that you achieve a Grade B before opting to take this course.

Assessment

AS units in Year 12

  • Unit 1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena
  • Unit 2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves Electricity
  • Unit 3 Practical Skills in Physics

A2 Units in Year 13

  • Unit 4 Fields and Further Mechanics
  • Unit 5 Nuclear and Thermal Physics, and an option
  • Unit 6 Practical Skills in Physics

Future opportunities

A grounding in Physics can lead to many career possibilities. Students opt for careers in engineering, architecture, the health service and even finance.

Remember, universities and employers look very favourably upon candidates proficient in Physics. Most physicists end up using their skills in banking or finance or follow other careers that use their valuable skills. Only a few go on to probe the universe at a deeper level!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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