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Physics A Level at Twynham School

Course description

AS starts with the study of the smallest particles in the universe, and quantum phenomena such as the photoelectric effect and line spectra and radiation. Electricity makes up the second half of the unit, where concepts such as resistivity and potential dividers will be introduced. The course then moves on to cover motion of bodies under constant acceleration, materials and waves. You will learn equations to calculate physical quantities in situations such as projectile motion and stretching materials, and how to explain wave phenomena.

In A2 we extend your work from AS in mechanics by studying momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion. The Fields part of this module relates to electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, and the similarities between them. The A2 course further consists of the physics of radioactivity and nuclear energy along with thermal energy and gas laws. The remainder of the unit is an option topic, either Astrophysics, Medical Physics or Turning Points in Physics.

For both the AS and A2 specification there will be approximately 15% of the exam assessed on practical skills and there will also be a more substantial focus on mathematical skills such as rearranging equations and trigonometry.

Entry requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

  • B grades in GCSE Science and Additional Science or a B grade in GCSE Physics and a B grade in GCSE Mathematics

Preferred Entry Requirements:

  • A grade in Physics

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years