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Physics AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's School

Course description

Physics is a prestigious A Level which is held in high regard by all universities. It is often said to be the purest of the sciences
– it takes you closer to an understanding of how the earth works and looks to understand the forces which govern all aspects of life.

Course content

The new A level course will be fully linear so assessment of the whole course takes place at the end of two years of study for the full A level or at the end of one year of study for the AS.

The AS will not count towards the final grade of an A Level, but will be a separate, standalone qualification.

The new “practical endorsement” replaces current A Level coursework and is reported separately from the A Level (as either pass or fail). AS Physics has no practical endorsement.

A Level covers in depth study of the main branches of physics including: matter and mechanics, thermal physics, light and waves, electricity, radioactivity and nuclear physics, magnetism and gravity.

The course sets physics in the modern world and looks at its connections with everyday life.

The AS course offers a broad vision of physics and is designed to give students a good basis for making future decisions. The A2 course deepens understanding of crucial ideas by carefully balancing technological and applied approaches and gives students a wide-ranging and fundamental view of the nature of matter and the universe. Mathematics in physics is further developed using modelling methods and software.

Entry requirements

Minimum of grade B in Physics GCSE or two B grades in Double Science. In addition students must have gained a minimum of grade B in Maths.

Future opportunities

Physics is highly respected as a qualification and good physicists are always in demand in industry and the sciences. It is essential for all engineering courses and would be a key qualification for most science degrees. Careers where physics A. level is highly desirable include engineering, robotics, computer science, medicine and dentistry.

Physicists are also in great demand in schools and generous bursaries are available to enable physics graduates to train as teachers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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