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A level Physics at Garforth Academy

Course description

Entry Guidance: 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent. Grade B or better in GCSE Physics, including at least a grade B in unit P2 (additional physics), and grade B in one other GCSE Science or double B in double award GCSE Science (core and additional) higher tier. Grade ‘A’s are preferable. Students with the ‘B’ grade minimum will be accepted on the course for an initial trial period. This course will only run if enough students express an interest. Syllabus Outline: Student will follow the ‘AQA Physics Syllbaus A’ which develops familiar areas like Electricity, Waves and Forces & Motion, as well as introducing new topics such as Particles and Quantum Phenomena. The A2 course takes the Forces & Mechanics component further, whilst introducing students to Fields, the Discovery of the Electron, the Nature of Light and Special Relativity. Practical work is formally integrated into the course throughout the two years, and develops students’ skills in experimental Physics, with laboratory sessions planned into the week-by-week delivery. Along with the theory content of the course these practical skills form part of the assessment process. Students’ progress and attainment is gauged through an ongoing programme of past examination questions and practical write-ups designed to mirror the final exam. General Comments: In recent years, to supplement the course, students have visited the Physics Departments at the Universities of Manchester and Leeds, and taken part in lecture presentations and performances by the 'Unlimited Theatre Company'. Students are advised to think carefully about their other A level options. The numerical nature of Physics makes it highly desirable to continue their studies of Mathematics at Advanced Level, although not essential.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Physics, (6 in Double Science)

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and 5 in English Language.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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  • Start date: Next September

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