Physics AS/A2 at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon
It is expected that students will achieve an A* or A grade in Physics in order to take this subject in the Sixth Form. A B grade is an absolute minimum. Dual Award Science is acceptable only for External candidates where A* or A grades would apply. Again B grades would be an absolute minimum.
Physics courses at 16+ are in-depth extensions of GCSE Physics. The topics studied are: Particle Physics, Mechanics, Waves, Electricity, Electromagnetism, Heat Materials, Fields and Atomic Physics. Many of these topics will have been started at GCSE level and every effort is made to ensure that the transition is a smooth one.
In common with GCSE, a strong emphasis is placed on practical work. Topics are introduced and developed through practical work. Theory is developed in parallel with this and there is an emphasis on understanding and applying physical principles throughout the course.
The topics studied are:
Unit 1 PHYA1:
Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
Unit 2 PHYA2:
Mechanics, Materials and Waves
Unit 3 PHYA3:
Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics
Unit 4 PHYA4:
Fields and Further Mechanics
Unit 5 PHYA5C:
Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics
Section B: Applied Physics
Unit 6 PHYA6:
Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics
Clearly there is much variety here – a good mixture of Basic Physics, Applied Physics (with Engineering links) and Contemporary Physics (including newer topics such as Nuclear and Particle Physics). Modules are taken in the January and June of each year. Mathematical skills which are essential are the ability to apply simple algebra with ease. Supplementary mathematics is provided as the need arises. The department has been successful in preparing the students for places at Oxbridge. This advanced Physics prepares students well for Physics Olympiad and as a transition to University studies in Physics and Engineering
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon directly.