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Physics AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

he Physics course reflects modern developments in Physics and its applications. The specification followed in this school is AQA Physics A.

It aims to:

  1. Develop essential knowledge and skills for understanding the application of Physics.
  2. Develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment.
  3. Appreciate how Physics has developed and its use in present day society.
  4. Recognise the quantitative nature of Physics and understand how mathematical expressions relate to physical principles.

Course content

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity.

Written Examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. (40% of total AS marks)

Nuclei, Particle interactions, Antiparticles, Radiation, Electromagnetic radiation, Photoelectric affect, Energy levels, Duality, Resistivity, Potential dividers, Alternating currents.

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves.

Written Examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. (40% of total AS marks)

Mechanics, Motion, Moments, Projectiles, Newton's Laws, Young's modulus, Stationary waves. Refraction, Interference, Diffraction.

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics.

(20% of toal AS marks)

Planning, Implementing, Analysing evidence and drawing conclusion, Evaluating evidence and procedures, Develop skills in data capture and data processing, Demonstrate and describe safe and skilful practical techniques.

Examained throughout the AS Course. Centre assessed via Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) and Investigative Skills Assignments (ISA).

Entry requirements

You will need to have an interest in science in general. Pupils often take Physics as a subject, for example, with Geography, Biology and Chemistry, with a view to following a career in environmental science.

In this case it is not essential to take AS Mathematics as well.

If a career in engineering or Physics is envisaged it is essential that AS Level Mathematics is also followed.

You will need to be competent in Mathematics (at least a grade C at GCSE). You should also be able to undertake safe and skilful practical experiments, either individually or as a group. You will also need to be very organised, self-motivated and hard working. Basic IT skills are also very useful.

The AS specification stipulates that a minimum level of Grade CC in double science is necessary to follow the AS Physics course.

Future opportunities

Any career in Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering means that Physics is an essential subject.

It is not a requirement for other degrees such as Medicine, Environment Science etc, but it is often found to be extremely useful.

The subject also has relevance in other areas such as manufacturing, astronomy, environmental law etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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