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Physics at Greenshaw High School

Course description

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us and the world beyond us. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives – from curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions. It is the most basic and fundamental science. In this course you will discover the basic principles or laws which govern the natural world. The course develops quickly upon previous studies and builds students’ interest and enthusiasm for physics. Ideas from GCSE will be expanded upon using more rigorous mathematical methods.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 – Foundations of physics
Physical quantities and units.
Making measurements and analysing data.
Nature of quantities.

Module 3 – Forces and motion
Motion.
Forces in action.
Work, energy and power.
Materials.
Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
Charge and current.
Energy, power and resistance.
Electrical circuits.
Waves.
Quantum physics.
 
Module 5 – Newtonian world and astro physics
Thermal physics.
Circular motion.
Oscillations.
Gravitational fields.
Astrophysics.

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
Capacitors.
Electric fields.
Electromagnetism.
Nuclear and particle physics.
Medical imaging.

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in both GCSE Physics (or core/additional or further additional science) and GCSE Mathematics. It is recommended that students also study A level Mathematics with mechanics.

Future opportunities

A qualification in physics will allow progression to pure physics degrees such as theoretical physics, astro physics and geo physics as well as a vast variety of engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, civil and aeronautical engineering. It can also lead to career options such as financial analyst, lawyer and video game designer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greenshaw High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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