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Physics A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

Physics is a fascinating subject that can explain many fundamental questions that people have about the world around them and how natural phenomena occur. In addition to the study of pure Physics and Astrophysics, the knowledge gained from the A Level Physics course can be used in a whole range of applications: from nuclear medicine to energy generation; from sports analysis to computer game programming; from rollercoaster design to material science and engineering.

In addition to developing their knowledge of different areas of the subject and how they can relate to one another, A Level Physics also encourages learners to:

• Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
• Develop their understanding of how Physics contributes to scientific development and discovery through their appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
• Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the
sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
• Develop a variety of excellent practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

The course is delivered through a combination of applied as well as theoretical
elements and as part of their study students will be required to complete a number of specified practical experiments to demonstrate their competency and understanding.

Course content

Unit 1: Measurements and their errors

Unit 2: Particles and radiation
2.1 Particles
2.2 Electromagnetic radiation and quantum

Unit 3: Waves and optics
3.1 Progressive and stationary waves
3.2 Refraction, diffraction and interference

Unit 4: Mechanics and materials
4.1 Force, energy and momentum
4.2 Materials

Unit 5: Electricity

Unit 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics
6.1 Periodic motion
6.2 Thermal physics

Unit 7: Fields and their consequences
7.1 Fields
7.2 Gravitational fields
7.3 Electric fields
7.4 Capacitance
7.5 Magnetic fields

Unit 8: Nuclear physics and radioactivity

Unit 9: Options
One topic from the following list will be studied:
Medical Physics
Engineering Physics
Turning points in Physics

Entry requirements

If you are taking A Level Maths, you must have achieved at least:
• B grade in either GSCE Physics or GCSE Science
• Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths

If you are not taking A Level Maths, you must have achieved at least:
• B grade in either GSCE Physics or GCSE Science
• Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths


A Level Physics will be assessed by 3 written papers of 2 hours:
• Paper 1 (34% weighting) covers units 1 – 6.1
• Paper 2 (34% weighting) covering units 6.2 – 8
• Paper 3 (32% weighting) will cover practical skills
and option topic

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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