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A-Level Physics at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Physics? 
The World today would not be the same without Physics, from understanding our Universe to making leaps in technology that we use every day. Physics is a highly valued A-level that combines understanding with practical work and stretches and helps develop your mathematical skills. If you like to think beyond boundaries and have a mind that likes to investigate then Physics is the subject for you.  

Why study Physics at Winstanley College?
At Winstanley the team will help you explore the field of Physics rather than simply study it. We have a history of excellent results and a large proportion of A-level Physics students go on to study related degrees at University. The Physics team care passionately about our students, helping and supporting you, but also challenging you to achieve your best. There has recently been a major rebuilding project and our Science@Winstanley facilities are outstanding, there has never been a better time to study Physics at Winstanley.

What about enrichment?
Whilst studying Physics at Winstanley College you will have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of fabulous enrichment opportunities. We have been on a number of international trips, including a trip to CERN and most recently the 2017 Munich science trip. We organise entry in external competitions and at local HE institutions. There is an opportunity to be involved with the Institute of Physics and we bring in regular guest speakers. Students have taken part in the British Physics Olympiad and been inspired by Engineering Your Future events.

What will I study?
We deliver the OCR Advanced Level Physics course (Specification A). There is a smooth transition from GCSE and practical skills are threaded throughout the course, building both confidence and skill as you study. Topics you have already covered are expanded and the course will take you from the minuscule to infinity: studying the Physics of the nucleus to understanding the Big Bang. In the first module the foundations of Advanced Level Physics are laid, thinking about quantities, measurement and uncertainties. The second module explores concepts you will have studied at GCSE and digs deeper to enhance your understanding regarding forces, motion and momentum to name a few. You will also look at the Physics of materials and link this to improvements made in materials we use in everyday life. In the second year of the A-level, more amazing topics are studied including waves, astrophysics and medical Physics. Physics makes you look at the World in a different way - make your world change at Winstanley!

Careers and further study
Engineering courses:
A-level Physics is essential for some courses and desirable for others
A-level Physics is essential
Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Science:
A-level Physics is desirable
Other science related degrees:
A-level Physics is desirable

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years