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Physics A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Year 12

- Measurements and their errors

- Particles and radiation

- Waves and oscillations

- Mechanics and Materials

- Electricity

- Practical and investigative skills

Year 13

- Further mechanics and Thermal physics

- Fields and their consequences

- Nuclear Physics

- Practical and investigative skills

Optional Topic from;

- Astrophysics

- Medical physics

- Engineering physics

- Turning points in physics

- Electronics

Entry requirements

A-level Physics builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE but goes much further by revealing some significant simplifications taught at GCSE. It contains a greater level of mathematical content and overlaps with some topics taught in Chemistry. You must be fluent in mathematical manipulation, adept with problems solving and have the ability to think conceptually.

Assessment

Formal assessment at the end of Year 12 will comprise of external examinations as follows;

Paper 1 exam (50% weighting) – any content from topics 1-5 and practical skills

Paper 2 exam (50% weighting) – any content from topics 1-5 and practical skills

Formal assessment at the end of Year 13 will comprise of external examinations as follows;

Paper 1 – (34% weighting) – units 1-6

Paper 2 – (34% weighting) – units 7-10

Paper 3 – (32% weighting) – practical skills & data analysis and an additional topic (one of unit 11-15)

Future opportunities

A-level Physics is highly thought of by universities and employers. It is crucial for those students wanting to study physics, astrophysics, aeronautical engineering, electronic and mechanical engineering at university. Graduates of A-level Physics can also apply for many other degree courses such as Mathematics, Medicine, Computing, Architecture and even sport. Many physicists also gain careers in areas such as Engineering, Banking, Accountancy, Computer-Aided Design and Research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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