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Physics A level (Linear) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

All of our lives are affected to some extent by Physics; the iPod, the mobile phone, the personal computer and the car that we drive were all designed by engineers with essential training in Physics. In fact the internet was the invention of High Energy Research physicists. At one extreme, Physics helps us to explain the structure of the atom, whilst at the other end of the spectrum Physics tells us how mindbogglingly big the universe is and how insignificant humans are on such a scale.

A good Physics qualification can be the cornerstone of further scientific education or a complement to a broader range of study giving an excellent grounding in the knowledge and skills required to become an informed citizen of the 21st Century.

Course content

The course aims to not only provide students with the necessary knowledge of the subject but also the skills to make use of this knowledge in new and changing situations. Regular experimental work builds upon GCSE practice and helps to develop understanding of the important link between theory and experiment. The structure of the course helps to reinforce the position of Physics at the forefront of scientific research and also the subject’s importance in the history of all aspects of human endeavour.

There is a new Physics specification (2015 onwards). The content remains similar to previous years and below is a list of some of the content to be covered over the 2 year course:

  •  the use of SI units and their prefixes
  •  Vectors and scalars
  •  Mechanics
  •  Mechanical properties of matter
  •  Electric circuits
  •  Waves
  •  Matter
  •  Quantum and nuclear physics
  •  Fields

Entry requirements

In order to ensure that students have the necessary depth of understanding and essential knowledge and skills to be successful in A Level Physics the entry requirements are a minimum of 2 B grades achieved in 2 of the following GCSE sciences;

  •  Core Science
  •  Additional Science
  •  Further Science or the separate sciences.

Students should also have a minimum of a B grade in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

The course supports applications to a wide range of university courses including the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Medicine or Mathematics. Many of our past students have gone on to use their qualification at university in a variety of different fields including Medicine, Electronics, Economics, Maths, Psychology, Physics, Geophysics, Mechanical Engineering and even Stage Management and Theatre Production.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 July 2016

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