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Physics AS and A Level at Coleg y Cymoedd

Course description

This subject is part of the full time A level Programme. To apply for this subject you need to apply for the A Level or Combined Programme A Level Programme - You will need to choose 3 or 4 AS Levels to study the A Level Programme Combined Programme - You will need to choose 1 or 2 AS Levels combined with a vocational option. Vocational options include: Applied Science, IT, Business, Criminology, Law, Sports and Exercise Sciences, or Health and Social Care.

The boundaries between Physics and other sciences are neither rigid nor fixed, and knowledge of Physics is required in many other disciplines. For example, a great deal of medicine involves an understanding of Physics as well as Human Biology.

Physics is often thought of as the “hardest” of the three science subjects and is certainly the most mathematical but it is a great choice to study new technologies and the world in which we live.

Course content

In the first year AS Level course you will cover:

  • Forces, motion and mechanics
  • Electrons and photons and particles
  • Materials
  • EM Radiation and Quantum phenomena
  • Experimental skills

The second year (A2) builds upon material studied at AS level and includes;

  • Gravitational, electric and magnetic fields
  • Further mechanics and simple harmonic motion
  • Forces and energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear energy
  • Astronomy and Cosmology.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including Maths at grade B plus Double Award Science at BB or above, or GCSE Physics (Higher Tier) at grade B.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course many learners apply to and are offered places at university to study courses such as Physics and Engineering. It is acceptable or desirable for many other degree courses such as Optometry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Computer Science and Mathematics. A number of learners go into employment or move onto an apprenticeship programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coleg y Cymoedd directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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