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Physics A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

The choice of A level course is currently under review
to reflect the changes being made by the Government.
This information is for guidance only, giving an overview
of the type of content that could be covered.

Course content

The A level course builds upon the skills that have been
acquired from the KS4 programme of study. These topics
could include studying ideas from the fundamental
groundings of Newtonian mechanics and waves through
to the fascinating world of quantum behaviour, from
behaviour of materials to the study of DC electricity.
We also venture into the exciting world of the very small,
in particle physics, and the very large in astrophysics and
cosmology. We also introduce some of the fundamental laws
of thermal physics and study the decay of radioactive nuclei.
 
The externally assessed coursework element has been removed
and a practical endorsement element has replaced this.
Experimental skills will now be assessed through a series
of twelve practical tasks that take place throughout year
12 and 13 programmes of study. The emphasis is now on
good experimental Physics procedures and to be able to
critically analyse results, which could include the use of
computer models to allow for rich and fulfilling class
discussions.
 
There is now a greater emphasis on mathematical skills;
40% of the marks in the examinations will now be dedicated
to higher GCSE mathematical skills.

 

Entry requirements

Grade A or higher in GCSE Triple Science (Physics) or an
A grade in Additional Science and an A grade in GCSE
Mathematics

Future opportunities

An A level in Physics will be sure to make you stand out
amongst a crowd! Physics is an essential A-level choice for
a career in engineering and can often be advantageous for
a career in medicine. An A level in Physics will demonstrate
you have acquired a wide variety of skills from practical work
to problem solving and thinking skills and will therefore
be a good basis for a path into many degree courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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