Physics - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre
New Linear A Level
• Measurements and their errors
• Particles and radiation
• Mechanics and materials
• Further mechanics and thermal physics
• Fields and their consequences
• Nuclear physics Medical Physics - option unit
BB grades in both core and additional science.
B grade in physics with BB in biology/chemistry.
B grade minimum on higher paper in GCSE mathematics.
Examination (including practical skills) = (100%)
Physics teaches students a way of thinking and develops problem solving skills. In addition to studying physics at university, many students have studied physics at AS on their way to studying medicine. The problem solving skills developed by students makes physics graduates attractive to many different employers. Areas that graduates have moved into include: teaching, professional scientist/researcher, radiography, nuclear reactor specialist, accountancy, human resources, statistical analysis, architecture, and engineering
What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?
Mathematical and problem solving skills.
What other subjects compliment A Level Physics?
Physics is a ‘facilitating’ A level subject which works well in combination with a wide range of subjects. Choosing facilitating subjects opens a wide range of courses for study at university. Physics students often study other subjects which require a similar skills base such as biology, chemistry and mathematics. Physics complements mathematics really well and studying both subjects will reinforce understanding in both areas.
How will I be taught?
Whilst studying physics a variety of teaching strategies will be used, these include practical work, the use of animations and videos to demonstrate key ideas and the use of key websites. Knowledge and understanding of concepts is continually assessed using quick fire questions, quizzes, games as well as mini assessments. Students will be presented with novel situations and current research data which they will have to analyse and interpret. They can expect plenty of discussion and debate around current research and scientific method. They will have the opportunity to develop presentation skills as they will have to explore an area of physics that excites them and present this to their peers. Students will be fully supported by staff both during lessons and outside of lessons during tutorial sessions. During the course they will have the opportunity to attend the University of Birmingham Master Classes which will promote a deeper understanding of key physics concepts.
What extra-curricular opportunities are there?
Student Testimonial, why study A Level Physics?
I enjoyed studying physics at GCSE and wanted to carry on with it at A level. Not only does the course develop on the topics that were already covered at GCSE, such as energy and waves, but it also introduces new areas including the options of more ‘real life’ topics, such as medical physics. This topic seems especially interesting as I want to carry on to study a medical related course at university and it should link well. A level physics also links very well with A level chemistry and A level mathematics as it has a good balance of using equations as well as learning and understanding the factual content. Paige Smallman
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.