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Physics AS/A Level at Gloucester Academy

Course description

Physics is fundamentally a practical subject, so students will be learning a variety of topics which are linked where applicable with practical activities. At the end of the course, students will leave with a full A level (2years) or an AS level (1year) and will have also have had the chance to earn the ‘practical endorsement’ which universities will be looking for in their prospective science students.

Course content

AS:

Particles and Radiation - Looking into the fundamental particles which make up matter and how they interact. You will finally be able to tell your quarks from your leptons!

Waves - Can light be a particle? Can electrons be waves? In this module we will look at the behavior of waves, including reflection, refraction and diffraction.

Mechanics and Materials - The laws of Newton and how things move, stretch and collide.

Electricity - Building on GCSE Physics, in order to calculate current and potential difference in more complex series and parallel circuits

Measurements and their Errors - In this module you will be calculating percentage uncertainties and finding out how accurate physicists can really be

A2:

Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics - An even more in depth look at Newton’s laws, as well as finally being able to explain how your fridge works!

Fields and their consequences - In this module you will be considering magnetic, gravitational and electric fields and how they interact with matter.

Nuclear physics - Fission and fusion and all things radioactive.

Plus: Engineering Physics, Medical Physics or Turning Points in Physics - as a class we will choose one of these exciting options to study!

 

Entry requirements

Students should ideally hold at least a grade B in Physics or a B in GCSE science, along with a grade B in Mathematics at GCSE too; anything less and the pupil is unlikely to cope with the demands of the course. It is not compulsory to take mathematics A-level alongside, however it is recommended as it will support the mathematics skills required throughout.

Future opportunities

Progression A Level Physics combined with other A Levels is an excellent qualification for progressing to university.

This subject underpins many important technologies and there are many paths that you can follow. Some students go on to study physics at university. This may lead to a career in research and development, either in a university or in industry. High temperature semiconductors, a better understanding of sub atomic particles and more efficient ways of storing energy for cars are just three areas of research being pursued at the moment.

Perhaps the majority of those who study A-level Physics do so in order to apply their physics knowledge in another subject area at university. Examples of this are the many branches of engineering, electronics and meteorology. For these careers, A-level Physics is essential.

Another group of students choose to study physics because they feel that it will be useful even if not essential for their career. Those intending to follow a career in medicine or biochemistry fall into this category.

The remainder are going to follow a career in a completely unrelated area such as law or accountancy. This group of students may have chosen physics simply because they enjoy it or because they know that it is highly regarded by universities as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thought.

Further information

Students should ideally hold at least a grade B in Physics or a B in GCSE science, along with a grade B in Mathematics at GCSE too; anything less and the pupil is unlikely to cope with the demands of the course. It is not compulsory to take mathematics A-level alongside, however it is recommended as it will support the mathematics skills required throughout. .

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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