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Physics A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Blackheath High School

Course description

The course is split into two one-year sections: Advanced Subsidiary (AS) in the first year and Advanced Level (A2) in the second year.  Each year's work is worth 50% of the total marks.  The course followed is the AQA Examination Board, Syllabus A, that has the following units of assessment:

AS level course content

Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity - 20%; Mechanics, Materials and Waves - 20%; Investigative and Practical Skills - 10%

A2 level course content

Fields and Further Mechanics - 20%; Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and Optional Topic - 20%; Investigative and Practical Skills - 10%

It is assumed that students starting the AS course have a good understanding of GCSE concepts and methodology, which is used as a base from which we can build.  The syllabus expands the students understanding gained during their GCSE course and introduces new areas of study.  A sound working knowledge of mathematical skills is essential and during the course these skils will be extended and used to help explain and analyse physical phenomena and their applications.  It is recommended that you also study Mathematics to at least AS.

Students have the opportunity to handle more sophisticated equipment than before, and they are encouraged to develop higher skills of experimentation using such apparatus as spectrometers, potentiometers and oscilloscopes.  Students will develop an analytical approach to problem solving and will be expected to tackle novel situations with increasing independence.

Entry requirements

The minimum grade required is a B in Core Science and B in Additional Science, or B in separate science: Physics.  You will also need an enquiring mind, a wish to know how the fundamental theories enable us to explain how physical world functions and enables us to have an insight into how the Universe is governed by the same principles.

Future opportunities

Physics is both a worthwhile subject in itself and a subject greatly valued beyond school.  While it has a reputation for being difficult, it also has a considerable market value.  Universities and the engineering industry are very keen to attract girls to read physics or physical enginbeering at university.  In many fields such as medicine, communications, computer technology, media, electronics and optics a qualification in physics is seen as either essential or desirable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September