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Physics A level at Sussex Downs College

Course description

On this A level course you will study the following course content amongst other areas: Working as a Physicist (advanced level practical techniques)Mechanics (including Newton’s laws of motion SUVAT and resolving)Electric circuits (including Series and parallel circuits, potential dividers, EMF, resistivity)Materials (including density, upthrust, viscosity, laminar and non-laminar flow Stokes law, Hookes law and young’s modulus)Waves and particle nature of light including the wave equation total internal reflection critical angle refractive index De Broglie equation quantised nature of light Energy of a photon threshold frequency Einstein’s photo electric equationFurther Mechanics including conservation of linear momentum angular velocity circular motion centripetal force angular velocityElectric and Magnetic fields including Electric field strength Force on a charges particle Uniform and radial electric fields Capacitors energy stored in a capacitor Exponential decay/charging of capacitors Magnetic flux density, Lenzs Law and Faradays Law Catapult force Rate of change of flux linkage.Nuclear and particle physics including nucleon number and proton number Alpha Beta and gamma ration, E=mc2, Electron Volts, Thermionic emission, Standard Model of particles Baryonic and Non Baryonic Matter Quark interaction Particle Accelerators.Thermodynamics including Specific Heat capacity, Internal energy, Gas Laws, Absolute Zero, Kinetic Energy of Gas Molecules, Black Body Radiator, Weins Law, Stephan Boltzmans Equation.Space including Intensity, Parallax and astronomical Distances, The Hertzsprung Russel diagram Life cycle of Stars, Supernovae, CMBR the age of the universe the big bang and the fate of the universe, Nuclear Radiation including binding energy activity Decay constant half-lives background radiation Nuclear fission and Nuclear Fusion.Gravitational fields including Newton’s Law of universal gravitation, orbital motion gravitational field stren

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade C/5 and Combined Science grade BB/6-6 or Physics and either Biology or Chemistry grade B/6.


You will be assessed by your teacher at regular intervals during the two years using a combination of homework assignments, short tests and longer tests You will be formally assessed at the end of the second yearPaper 1(30%) includes:A mixture of short and long answer questionsPaper 2(30%) includes:A mixture of short and long answer questionsPaper 3 (40%) includes:Structured questions (including practical techniques)Critical analysis of given experimental dataExtended writing question

Future opportunities

This course offers a pathway onto many university courses where you can study either a broad-based physics science course or one in which you specialise in a particular area of science. In addition, many students who study physics go on to study engineering or mathematics.

Further information

You will need to be highly motivated, determined and hard working as Physics is a demanding subject with a high workload. You will be expected to devote at least 4 hours outside of class to regularly review concepts and to keep your notes organised. You should also have a good mathematical ability.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 March 2018
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