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Physics (Advancing Physics) A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

This course follows a context-based approach where you will learn the key concepts and skills of physics and how these are applied to solve real problems. It demonstrates the usefulness of physics and illustrates the impact that discoveries in physics have had on the way we live.

Throughout the course, you will develop your practical skills and you will learn new techniques to analyse data.

Course content

This course is taught through six modules:

Module 1:  Development of practical skills

Module 2: Fundamental data analysis
Fundamental, experimental and analytical skills.

Module 3: Physics in action Imaging and signalling, Sensing, Mechanical                   properties of materials.

Module 4: Understanding processes Waves and quantum behaviour, Space, time and motion.

Module 5:  Rise and fall of the clockwork univers Creating models, Out into                 space, Our place in the universe, Matter: very simple, Matter: hot or cold.

Module 6: Field and particle physics Electromagnetism, Charge and field,                   Probing deep into matter, Ionising radiation and risk

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.

Physics – requires a GCSE Grade 6 or B or above in:  Maths and Physics or Combined Science.



Paper 1 – Fundamentals of Advancing Physics (2.25 hours) 41%

Paper 2 – Scientific Literacy in Advancing Physics (2.25 hours) 37%

Paper 3 – Practical Skills in Advancing Physics (1.5 hours) 22% 

Practical Endorsement

Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to show practical competence. Graded as Pass or Fail, this is reported separately to the A level.


Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology, which could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Contact Mr J Gould for further information:

Delivery: Full-time


Open Evening:  17 October 2017

Application Deadline:   10 January 2018

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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