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Physics A Level at Trinity School

Course description

Ever been waiting for the kettle to boil to make a cup of tea and thought ‘I wonder how that works’? If you have a passion for understanding how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics, then Physics is for you. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity, nuclear fission and fusion, and time travel. These ideas can lead to great discoveries, like lasers and computers, which lead to technologies which change our lives.

Course content

At AS, students cover topics on particles and radiation, quantum phenomena, waves and optics, materials, electricity and mechanics. Students will learn about and discuss the inner-most workings of the atom, the story behind quarks and antimatter, and the idea of waves behaving as particles. The properties of waves and the diffraction, refraction and interference of light are studied. The behaviours of electric circuits and materials are investigated. In mechanics, students learn about the laws of forces and motion

The course is assessed at the end of the year by two 90-minute papers, each worth 50% of the total marks. The papers test knowledge and understanding of theory as well as practical skills through multiple-choice questions, calculation problems, short written responses and some extended writing.

For A-level, learners will build on AS work and study thermal physics and gases, nuclear physics, further mechanics, and gravitational, electric and magnetic fields. Topics include circular motion, vibration resonance, capacitors, electromagnetic induction and nuclear energy. In addition, a popular option choice is Astrophysics, covering telescopes, the life-cycle of stars and the origin of the universe!

The final assessment is through three 2-hour papers, each worth a third of the total marks and of similar format to the AS exams. In addition, students work throughout the 2-year course towards a teacher-assessed endorsement of practical skills.

Future opportunities

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us and the world beyond us. A physics student will possess excellent analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills. The course will prepare you for a wide range of careers including anything from engineering, medicine or journalism to law, banking or teaching. Studying Physics doesn’t restrict you to a science-based career; it simply opens the door to a world of possibilities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 September 2017

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