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Physics A level at JFS

Course description

While there is not a large amount of material to memorise in Physics, this course covers concepts and theories which you will need to be able to understand fully and apply to different contexts when tackling questions. Apart from competency in Mathematics, strong analytical and problem solving skills are required, as well as the ability to see how concepts fit together.

Course content

  • Topic 1: Working as a Physicist covering experimental methods and data analysis
  • Topic 2: Mechanics - covering kinematics and dynamics of bodies
  • Topic 3: Electric Circuits - covering DC electricity
  • Topic 4: Materials – covering properties of solids and liquids
  • Topic 5: Waves and Particle Nature of Light – covering wave phenomena and introducing the quantum model of light
  • Topic 6: Further Mechanics
  • Topic 7: Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Topic 8: Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Topic 9: Thermodynamics
  • Topic 10: Space
  • Topic 11: Nuclear Radiation
  • Topic 12: Gravitational Fields
  • Topic 13: Oscillations

Entry requirements

Students are accepted onto this course if they have at least grades AB or BA in GCSE Core Science and Additional Science, or alternatively, at least ABB, BAB or BBA in Triple Science.

The department will consider students with BB or BBB depending on teacher recommendations, overall Science profiles and availability of places.

You should be comfortable with using equations and as there is a significant amount of Mathematics involved in the course we ask that all Physics students at JFS also take Mathematics at ‘AS’ Level. However, we have occasionally made exceptions as the most important thing is that you should be good at Physics (and enjoy it) to do ‘A’ Level Physics.

Future opportunities

Physics is one of the university entrance requirements or preferred subjects for not only Physics degrees, but also for other courses such as Computing, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Optics, Electronics and so on.

There is a shortage of qualified Physicists and they are in demand in areas of Medicine, Telecommunications, Aeronautics, Architecture, Transport and many other industries. Many Physics graduates go on to work in areas of research and design and many go on to work in the Financial Sector, as the development of your analytical and problem-solving skills is highly regarded even for non-scientific careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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