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Physics at Felixstowe Academy

Course description

Physics examines the very big, so we consider how stars work and what keeps space together. Physics examines the very small, so we need to know how atoms are constructed and how they stay together. Physics also pays some attention to what is in the middle. Physics is mankinds attempt to model the universe. There is no bigger subject. Physics helped put people on the moon, gave us high power amplifiers to deafen the 'oldies' on a Friday night and mobile phones to ring home for a lift.

An A level in physics demostrates skills valuable in many diverse areas and is valued by both universities and employers.

Course content

AS

Mechanics

  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work and energy

Electrons, waves and photons

  • Electric current
  • Resistance
  • DC circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum physics

Practical skills

  • Three assessments on qualitative and evaluative skills

A2

G484

  • Newtons laws and momentum
  • Circular motion and oscillations
  • Thermal physics

G485

  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Capacitors and exponential decay
  • Nuclear physics
  • Medical imaging
  • Modelling the universe

G486 Practical skills

  • 3 Assessments on qualitative, quantitative and evaluative skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum BB for a double award GCSE science or a grade BB in triple science and a B grade or higher in GCSE mathematics is required. AS and A2 Maths support the work in physics but are not essential.

An AS grade D or higher will be needed, on completion of the first year of the course, in order to progress to A2.

Assessment

Physics is a practical subject. Learning frequently occurs through experimentation, although a variety of learning approaches are used from Q&A sessions to more formal teacher explanations.

There are plenty of opportunities for investigative work and working with others is an important element therein. Subsequently, explaining your ideas in different ways to different audiences is necessary. Typically this will lead to problem solving and the use of numbers. Hence mathematics is a useful tool for physicists. Finally we use IT in different ways and your IT skills will be of use regularly.

The course is modular with opportunities to take unit exams in both January and June through out the course. Practical skills are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Successful students can progress to a variety of degree courses including but not exclusively science and engineering. Physics provides a solid base for entry into many professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Felixstowe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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