Physics A-Level at Smestow School
Physics is all around us. It is in the electric light you turn on in the morning; the car you drive to work; your wristwatch, cell phone, CD player, radio, and that big plasma TV set you got for Christmas. It makes the stars shine every night and the sun shine every day, and it makes a cricket ball soar into the stands for a six. In studying Physics you will be learning the science of matter, energy, space, and time. By the end of the course you will be able to explain ordinary matter as combinations of a dozen fundamental particles (quarks and leptons), interacting through four fundamental forces. You will be able describe changes in terms of energy—such as kinetic energy, electrical energy, and mass—and the way energy can change from one form to another. You will appreciate how Quantum Mechanics and Einstein’s theories have revolutionised the way we view the Universe. You will be one step closer to the elusive ultimate aim of Physics, a complete understanding of the universe and everything in it! The study of Physics will lead to opportunities to study a huge range of courses within both Science and Engineering. Because the Physics course develops high level analytical and problem solving skills, an A Level in Physics will be an asset no matter which career path you choose.
Year 1 Mechanics G481 (30%of AS) includes study of forces, energy and the equations of motion Electrons, Waves and Photons G482 (50% of AS) includes study of electricity and Quantum Physics Practical Skills in Physics 1 G483 (20% of AS) requires students to plan, carry out experiments and collect and both analyse and evaluate quantitative data. Year 2 The Newtonian World G484 (15%of A2) includes study of Newton’s Laws, momentum, Circular motion and Thermal Physics. Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics G485 (25% of A2) including the study of field theory, capacitors, nuclear physics, medical imaging and astrophysics. Practical Skills in Physics 2 G486 (10% of A2) requires students to plan, carry out higher level experiments and collect and both analyse and evaluate quantitative data.
As well as the normal matriculation requirements to study at AS level you must: Have at least two B grades or equivalent in GCSE Science. have at least a B grade in Mathematics To proceed to A2 level Physics, a minimum of a grade D at AS is required.
Mechanics G481, 1 hour paper; Electrons, Waves and Photons G482: 1hr 45m paper, both taken in June. Practical Skills in Physics 1 G483: best 3 practical assessments submitted. The Newtonian World G484: 1hr paper; Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics G485: 1hr 45m paper, both taken in June. Practical Skills in Physics 2 G486: best 3 practical assessments submitted.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Smestow School directly.