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Physics A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

The aim of the Physics course is to teach a sound knowledge and understanding of physical principles and to develop scientific problem solving skills both practical and theoretical in nature. The course seeks to develop an enthusiasm for the subject and stimulate enquiring minds. Physics leads to many possible university courses and careers, which can vary from pure research to science journalism and can provide useful background and insight into some of the most exciting scientific developments today as well as demonstrating a student’s ability to grasp and manipulate complex ideas. Questions assessing mathematical skills will make up 40% of the marks.

Course content

Year 12

Core Content. The course will include Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and materials and Electricity

Year 13

Core Content. The course will include Further mechanics and thermal physics, Fields and their consequences, Nuclear physics, Options, Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics and Electronics

Entry requirements

Two Separate Science GCSEs at Grade B or above including Physics, or alternatively two GCSEs Grade B or above in Core and Additional Science. A GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths is also required.

Assessment

Year 12

Internal Paper 1 – One hour 30 minute written exam. 80 marks accounting for 50% of the mark
Internal Paper 2 – One hour 30 minute written exam. 80 marks accounting for 50% of the mark

A Level – Year 13

Paper 1 – One hour 45 minute written exam. 90 marks accounting for 30% of the A Level mark
Paper 2 – One hour 45 minute written exam. 90 marks accounting for 30% of the A Level mark
Paper 3 – Two hour 30 minute written exam. 120 marks accounting for 40% of the
A Level mark A minimum of 12 practical activities which will be internally assessed for Practical Competence

Further information

The students will attend the Particle Physics day at Southampton University which will provide an opportunity for students to attend Physics lectures and take part in some data analysis using the University’s facilities and Laboratories.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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