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Physics A2 at Charles Darwin School

Course description

The course is designed to provide a balanced and coherent study of Physics in which students are given the opportunity to explore certain areas of the subject in depth. Throughout the course students develop their abilities through experimental and investigative work and increase their skills in analysing evidence to draw conclusions. The course is aimed at those who have already achieved AS Physics and enables students to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in physics, engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful. The course also provides an interesting and stimulating experience for students who do not wish to pursue the subject further. The units of work for the A" qualification are Unit G484 The Newtonian World: Newton's laws and momentum, circular motion and oscillations, thermal physics. Unit G485 fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics: Electric and magnetic fields, capacitors and exponential decay, nuclear physics, medical imaging, modelling the universe.

Entry requirements

AS Physics D grade or above

Future opportunities

Physics is fundamental to many aspects of modern life. This includes technology such as the computer, laser, compact disc, nanotechnology, space travel, mobile phones, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging); the list is endless! Government, industry and commerce also utilise the detailed analytical and modelling capability of mathematics and statistics to underpin many activities. Professions physics graduates go into include: industry, finance and business, teaching, university work and academic research. Given the wide range of career options open to mathematics and physics graduates it is unsurprising that a graduate in these subjects stands to benefit financially as well as in choice. The Economist on 19th June 2003 quoted from the report on Labour Market Trends (http://www.statistics.gov.uk): "Those with degrees in subjects like law, mathematics and economics can expect earnings around 25% higher than average. But returns in other subjects are sharply lower. Social studies brings a 10% premium. Education and languages may have returns close to zero. On average arts degrees show a negative return."The aims of these specifications are to encourage students to: Become confident citizens in a technological world, be able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific import. Recognise the usefulness and limitation of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life. Be suitably prepared for employment and/or further studies beyond AS GCE of Advanced GCE. Develop essential knowledge and understanding in physics and, where appropriate, the applications of physics and the skills needed for the use of this in new and changing situations. Develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment. Appreciate how physics has developed and is used in present day society. Show the importance of physics as a human endeavour which interacts with social, philosophical, economic, industrial and environmental matters. Sustain and develop their enjoyment of and interest in physics. Recognise the quantitative nature of physics and understand how mathematical expressions relate to physical principles. Bring together knowledge of ways in which different areas of physics relate to each other. Study how scientific models develop.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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