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Physics A Level at Chapeltown Academy

Course description

A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study optional topics that particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

There are six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. There are two units assessing investigative and practical skills. These can be completed via a teacher-assessed or examiner-assessed route.

A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE and is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent

Course content

Content

Unit 1 introduces two contrasting areas of physics: particle physics and electricity. Students will gain an awareness of the on-going development of new ideas in physics such as the nature of matter, radiation and quantum physics along with the application of in-depth knowledge of well-established ideas such as electricity.

Unit 2 covers the principles of mechanics, materials and waves. The use of vectors, and the understanding of forces and energy is developed. The bulk properties and tensile strength of materials are also covered alongside the properties and applications of waves.

Unit 3 is an assessment of experimental and practical skills. This will be assessed internally by the teachers.

- Unit 4 advances the study of momentum, introduces circular and oscillatory motion and covers gravitation. Electric and magnetic fields are covered, together with electromagnetic induction.

- Unit 5 looks at the nucleus, unstable nuclei and how energy is obtained from the nucleus. Thermal properties of materials and the behaviour of gases are also covered. There is also an optional topic on one of astronomy, medical physics, applied physics, turning points in physics.

- Unit 6 is an assessment of experimental and practical skills. This will be assessed internally by the teachers.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Basic Entry Requirements are 4 in Maths and 4 in English Language.

All other requirements are determined at interview subject to course choices.

Assessment

Assessment Units 

- UNIT 1 – Written exam (1 ¼ hours) worth 40% of AS (20% of A-Level) marks

- UNIT 2 – Written exam (1 ¼ hours) worth 40% of AS (20% of A-Level) marks

- UNIT 3 – Practical Skills Assignment worth 20% of AS (10% of A-Level) marks

- UNIT 4 – Written exam (1 ¾ hours) worth 20% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 5 – Written exam (1 ¾ hours) worth 20% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 6 – Practical Skills Assignment worth 10% of A-Level marks

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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      The facilities include an inside and outside sports area, a lecture theatre and a large well lit library.

      We also have a lovely relaxing common room and open dining area, with cafe facilities throughout the day.

      This is all in addition to the spacious classrooms and well equipped laboratories.