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AS/A2 Physics at Trinity Sixth Form Consortium

Course description

The course builds on and extends the knowledge gained in GCSE Science studies. The AS modules allow for a more gradual progression to post GCSE work whilst maintaining scientific and academic rigour.

Course content

As Level

The AS consists of three assessment units

· Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricty:

A study of the world of particle physics, an introduction to quantum physics and a further study of electrical circuits.

· Mechanics, Materials and Waves: A study of forces and motion, how things stretch and how waves  behave and interact with each other.

· Investigative and Practical Skills: This involves a practical task and then an examination paper analysing experimental skills.

A Level

The full A Level qualifications is made up of the AS units, plus three more that are studied at a higher level than the AS.

· Fields and Further Mechanics: A study of gravitational, electric and magnetic fields and a further study of mechanics including circular motion and simple harmonic motion.

· Nuclear and Thermal Physics and Option: A study of nuclear fusion and fission and also how gases behave when heated up. There is also an option which can be chosen from: Astronomy and Cosmology, medical physics, applied physics and turning points in physics.

· Investigative and Practical Skills: This involves a practical task and then an examination paper analysing experimental skills, but at a higher level than the AS standard.

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grade passes in GCSE subjects including English & Maths

 

GCSE A grade will be required for Maths, Physics & Chemistry. At least a GCSE B grade will be required for Biology & Modern Languages with a B in a Science subject required for Psychology.

Assessment

AS Physics

Unit 1- Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity will be taken in June and Unit 2- Mechanics, materials and waves will be taken in June. Each is worth 40% of the AS (and 20% of the full ‘A’ level)

Unit 3- Investigative and Practical skills, is worth 20% of the AS (and 10% of the full ‘A’ level) and is taken in class during the spring term.

A2 Physics

Unit 4– Field and further mechanics will be taken in June and is worth 20% of A2

Unit 5– Nuclear and Thermal Physics and the option, this will be taken in June and is worth 20% of the ‘A’ level.

Unit 6– Investigative and Practical Skills: is worth 20% of the A2 and will be taken in class during the spring term.

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Physics is a valuable qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers. The number of careers involving Physics is vast, from medical Physics to engineering, to optometry and architecture.

Further information

Transport

Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Sixth Form Consortium directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

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

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