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Physics AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

Good Physics students will need a range of skills: mathematical skills, self-study skills and the ability to relate to abstract concepts. 

Students will need to have the motivation and inherent interest in this subject in order to do the necessary background reading to support their classwork. They will also have the ability to work in groups as well as to work individually.

Course content

AS Physics

  • Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Physics
  • Module 2 Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3 Forces and Motion
  • Module 4 Electrons, Waves and Protons

A2 Physics

  • Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Physics
  • Module 2 Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3 Forces and Motion
  • Module 4 Electrons, Waves and Protons
  • Module 5 Newtonian World and Astrophysics
  • Module 6 Particles and Medical Physics

Entry requirements

Required
At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). At least 2 B grades (or equivalent) in Science including B or above in Physics component.

Recommended
Mathematics GCSE at grade B or above.

Assessment

The Physics course will be assessed by two written papers at both AS and A2 Level. Internal assessment of practical skills is based on completing OCR set tasks. Each task is marked by the teacher using specific OCR mark schemes. Exams are in June.

  • Breadth in Physics (01) 70 marks 1 hour and 30 min written paper
  • Depth in Physics (02) 70 marks 1 hour and 30 min written paper
  • Modelling Physics (01) 100 marks 2 hours and 15 min written paper
  • Exploring Physics (02) 100 marks 2 hour and 150 min written paper
  • Unified Physics (03) 70 marks 1 hour and 30 min written paper
  • Practical Endorsement in Physics (04)* Non Exam Assessment

Future opportunities

The study of Physics at AS/A2 Level prepares students to progress into further education. Physics is the basic subject for most engineering courses such as Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Communications, all of which offer excellent career prospects. It links well with Mathematics and IT plus it is an advantage to have a Physics qualification if intending to study Medicine or pure Science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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