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Physics - A Level at Bishop Milner Catholic College

Course description

This course provides a seamless transition to A Level from previous studies and develops students’ interest and enthusiasm for physics.The course provides a smooth pathway from GCSE and a route to university courses in physics and other subjects in which physics is a key component.

Course content

What will I study during the AS course & how will it be assessed?

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum phenomena and Electricity (Examination)

This unit involves two contrasting topics in physics: particle physics and electricity.Particle physics introduces students to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena. In contrast, the study of electricity in this module builds on and develops previous GCSE studies

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves (Examination)

This AS unit is about the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves. The first section introduces vectors and then develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from GCSE Additional Science. In the second section, materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength. The final section extends GCSE studies on waves by developing in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of waves, including refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference.

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills (Examination)

Students should carry out experimental and investigative activities in order to develop their practical skills. Experimental and investigative activities should be set in contexts appropriate to, and reflect the demand of, the AS content. These activities allow students to use their knowledge and understanding of Physics in planning, carrying out,analysing and evaluating their work.Each module will be tested by examinations at the end of year 12.

What will I study during the A2 course & how will it be assessed?

Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics. (Examination)

The first section advances the study of momentum and introduces circular and oscillatory motion and covers gravitation. Electric and magnetic fields are covered, together with basic electromagnetic induction. Electric fields lead into capacitors and how quickly they charge and discharge through a resistor. Magnetic fields leads into the generation and transmission of alternating current.

Unit 5: Nuclear, Thermal and Medical Physics.(Examination)

This unit looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei and how energy is obtained from the nucleus. In the second part of section A, the thermal properties of materials and the properties and nature of gases are studied in depth.

Unit 6: Advanced Investigative and Practical Skills.(Examination)

Students carry out experimental and investigative activities in order to develop their practical skills. Experimental and investigative activities should be set in contexts appropriate to, and reflect the demand of, the A2 content.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSE Passes, B grade in GCSE Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Milner Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2015
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