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Physics at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS UNIT 1 - PARTICLES, QUANTUM PHENOMENA AND ELECTRICITY
This unit is split into two halves. The first is the study of atoms and subatomic particles, the four fundamental forces, photo electricity and quantum phenomena, and wave particle duality. The second part is the study of electricity, moving on from GCSE level to a more detailed explanation of circuits and uses of electricity.

AS UNIT 2 MECHANICS, MATERIALS AND WAVES
Again the unit is split into two halves. The first half is the study of mechanics: forces and motion and the application of Newton’s laws. There is also a section studying basic material science including elasticity and density. The second half of the unit is the study of waves and wave behaviour including standing waves, diffraction and interference.

AS UNIT 3 INVESTIGATIVE AND PRACTICAL SKILLS ASSESSMENT (ISA)
This is an assessed practical, done under controlled conditions, in which students carry out a practical and then answer questions relevant to practical physics.

A2 UNIT 4 FIELDS AND FURTHER MECHANICS
The first half of this unit is the study of gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, including the ideas behind geostationary and polar orbiting satellites and how rockets work. The second half is the study of momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion including the effects of resonance.

A2 UNIT 5 NUCLEAR PHYSICS, THERMAL PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS
The first half of the unit is the study of nuclear physics, including radioactive decay and nuclear power. There is then a section of thermal physics, looking at the effects of specific heat capacity and latent heat. The second half of the unit is the topic of Astrophysics, including telescopes and lenses, star classification, and controversies of astrophysics such as Dark Matter, the expanding universe and Quasars.

A2 UNIT 6 INVESTIGATIVE AND PRACTICAL SKILLS ASSESSMENT (ISA)
This is also an assessed practical, done under controlled conditions, in which students carry out a practical and then answer questions relevant to practical physics. There will be references to more advanced techniques such as the use of logarithms.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

At least Grade B in Additional Science and Core Science GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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