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Physics A2 Level at North Lindsey College

Course description

There are two new qualifications available – an AS level to be completed in one year or an A-level to be completed in two years.

AS-level and A-levels have the same course content in year 1. However, please note that transfer from one to the other is not possible at the end of your first year of study. Don't worry. This will be discussed in full with you at your personal interview which will be arranged with you upon receipt of your application.

Physics endeavours to explain the nature of the physical world from sub-atomic particles to the whole universe. The process of discovery in physics is an intellectual challenge and source of enjoyment in its own right. It underlies much of modern technology such as new alloys and the electronic basis of the information revolution.
Employers and university admissions tutors regard physics as a valuable A- level. It is greatly respected for demonstrating a high level of intellectual ability particularly in logical thought and systematic analysis.

Course content

1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and radiation
3. Waves
4. Mechanics and materials
5. Electricity
6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
7. Fields and their consequences
8. Nuclear physics
9. Astrophysics

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A* - C including Mathematics at grade B or higher, and English Language at grade C or higher. A good understanding of the physics content of GCSE dual award science or single award physics means that at least a grade B is required.

Assessment

For A-level Physics there will be three 120 minute examinations on all nine topics listed previously. These examinations are at the end of the second year in May and June.

Future opportunities

An ‘A’ level in physics can lead to careers in the pure and applied sciences, medicine, dentistry, engineering, computing and IT. Have you considered meteorology, oceanography, optometry, architecture, law, print technology, sports equipment design, stock market analysis . . . ? They all recruit physicists!

Please note that most degree courses in physics, engineering or a closely related subject also require mathematics at A-level.

The majority of learners who achieve this qualification progress to university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Lindsey College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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