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Physics GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of Physics. We will ensure that your learning is enjoyable, challenging and relevant to contemporary issues by building on the concepts of How Science Works that are introduced at GCSE. AS Level (year one) Unit One Particles, Quantum Phenomena & Electricity- You will study many varied particles including hadrons, leptons and quarks. Quantum work includes photoelectricity and photon emission. Electrical circuits, resistivity and components are looked at from a practical point of view. Unit Two Mechanics, Materials & Waves- Mechanics includes projectile motion, moments, Newton’s laws, forces and energy. Properties of materials includes density and the Young modulus. The Waves section focuses on longitudinal and transverse waves, refraction, and interference. Unit Three Investigative & Practical Skills for AS Physics You will carry out experimental and investigative activities to develop your practical skills. These include taking observations and recording measurements before processing, analysing and evaluating them. A Level (year two) Unit Four Fields & Further Mechanics The first A2 unit builds on the AS material and introduces new concepts including circular motion and simple harmonic motion, gravitation, electric and magnetic fields. Unit Five Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics + optional topic Section A looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear energy and thermal physics. The second half concentrates on matter and the gas laws. Section B gives you the opportunity to study some astronomy or medical physics. Unit Six Investigative & Practical Skills for A2 Physics This section is similar to that for AS but set in the context of A2 Physics. Your lessons will involve a mixture of presentations, problem-solving classes, demonstrations, discussions and, of course, lots of practical work. We aim to make your learning interesting, challenging and enjoyable – most importantly, however, we want you to succeed in your study of this subject. The AS is the first half of an A level course Candidates must complete the following three units in order to gain an AS qualification. Weighting Within AS Unit 1 20% 40% Unit 2 20% 40% Unit 3 10% 20% Candidates must complete the AS units outlined above plus a further three units to complete A-level Physics. Weighting within A2 Unit 4 20% 40% Unit 5 20% 40% Unit 6 10% 20% Varied practical tasks of your choice The course requires good mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

You will have studied GCSE Science with GCSE Additional Science, (not Applied Science) or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics and preferably achieved grade B. Most subjects go with Physics, especially Maths and Electronics or Computing.

Future opportunities

The course has been chosen to benefit all our students and can lead on to many varied and exciting careers.You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Chemistry, Biology or Electronics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years