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Physics - AS/A2 at Queens Park Community School

Course description

What will I learn in AS Physics? Unit 1 Physics on the go This unit involves the study of mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power) and materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, properties of materials, Young’s modulus). Unit 2 Physics at work This unit involves the study of waves (including refraction, polarisation, diffraction), electricity (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and non-ohmic materials, emf and internal resistance of cells). Unit 3 Exploring Physics This unit involves an experiment that is based on a physics-based visit or a case study of an application of physics. What will I learn in A2 Physics? Unit 4 Physics on the move This unit involves the study of further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric and magnetic fields, and particle physics. Unit 5 Physics from creation to collapse This unit involves the study of thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations, astrophysics, and cosmology. Unit 6 Experimental Physics This unit involves planning an experiment, carrying out an experiment and analysing experimental results. Assessment The AS and A2 Physics examinations consist of four written unit tests, an internally marked (externally moderated) practical report, and a case study.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least a B grade at GCSE Additional Science or Triple Science and a C grade in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

This qualification supports progression into further education such as embarking on degree-level courses in physics, engineering, electronics, medicine, and environmental science. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physics, which could lead onto 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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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