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Physics A Level at Amersham School

Course description

Studying Physics not only provides a broad training in skills that are highly valued and well rewarded by employers, it also keeps your options open.

The salaries of physics graduates are well above the national average. Over a working lifetime, the average physics graduate earns around £100,000 more than graduates of non-science subjects – recognition of a physicist’s problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills as well as their ability to grasp concepts quickly.

The government is placing an ever stronger emphasis on the role of science and technology in the UK economy. The industry has responded by creating an increasing number of science-related jobs at all levels. Many companies report that they’re unable to fill vacancies due to skills shortages. The nation needs more young people to take A Level Physics.

Alongside this, university education is getting more expensive and university entrance is getting more competitive so subject choice at A Level is even more important than in the past. A recent report by the Russell Group of leading UK universities identified physics as one of the subjects that it recommends students take at A Level.

Course content

Unit 1 – Particles and radiation
The section contains matter and radiation, quarks and leptons and quantum phenomena.

Unit 2 – Waves and optics
Students will gain skills and a detailed understanding stationary waves and double slit interference.

Unit 3 – Mechanic and materials
Students study forces in equilibrium, movement, Newton’s law of motion, force and momentum, work energy and power and finally materials

Unit 4 – Electricity
This section covers electric current and DC circuits.

Unit 6 – Further mechanics and thermal physics
The section contain circular motion, simple harmonic motion, thermal physics and gases.

Unit 7 – Fields
Students study gravitational fields, electric fields, Capacitors, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction

Unit 8 – Nuclear physics
The section contains radioactivity and nuclear energy.

Unit 9 – Option section
One of the following: Astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics, electronics.

Unit 5 and 10 cover the practical elements

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C Grade 7 Maths and Grade B Science

Assessment

Paper 1 - Units 1 - 5 Exam 2 hours 85 marks 34%

Paper 2 - Unit 6 - 8 Exam 2 hours 85 marks 34%

Paper 3 - Unit 9 Exam 2 hours 80 marks 32%

Future opportunities

Studying A Level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

- Healthcare scientist, medical physics
- Geophysicist/field seismologist
- Higher education lecturer
- Radiation protection practitioner
- Research scientist (physical sciences)
- Scientific laboratory technician
- Secondary school teacher
- Meteorologist
- Operational researcher
- Patent attorney
- Product/process development scientist
- Systems developer
- Technical author.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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