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Physics A Level at Myton School

Course description

Unlike the other sciences, physics has no limits – EVERYTHING in the universe can be related to physics and we would be lost without it.

Mobile phones, computers, the internet – all just some of the things invented by physicists and they are constantly finding new things. Just imagine what will be invented this time next year, let alone once you have finished your A level qualification!

Physics is more than just a subject. It also deals with the big questions – will we ever be able to travel back in time? Why do we always find the smallest bits of cereal at the bottom of the packet?
Physics is particularly suitable for people who:

  • enjoy finding out about and understanding how the world works
  • like analysing and solving problems
  • enjoy a practical approach to learning
  • want to develop being logical and numerate
  • want to develop their communication skills
  • want to work in a team

Course content

YEAR 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – Foundations of physics
(Physical quantities and units, analysing data, nature of quantities)

Module 3 – Forces and motion
(Motion, forces, work, energy, power, materials, Newton’s law of motion, momentum)
Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
(Current, charge, energy, power, resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics)

YEAR 13

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
(Thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics, cosmology)
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
(Capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear & particles physics, medical imaging)

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Physics or 6-6 in GCSE Combined Sciences and a 6 in GCSE Maths

Assessment

The final grade is entirely assessed by exam. Alongside this, you will be awarded a pass/fail in Practical Skills, which are assessed throughout the course by your teacher.

Exam 1 Modelling physics – Assesses modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 (100 marks, 2hr 15, 37%)
Exam 2 Exploring physics – Assesses modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 (100 marks, 2hr 15, 37%)
Exam 3 Unified physics – Assesses modules 1-6 (70 marks, 1hr 30, 26%)

Future opportunities

Physics A Level is particularly suitable preparation for Higher Education courses in Pure Sciences, Applied and Vocational Sciences, Astronomy, Meteorology, Computer Science, Television, Engineering, Electronics, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Architecture and Mathematics.

The analytical nature of the course also prepares students for a wide variety of non-scientific courses such as Law, Accountancy and Finance. What do they have in common? They all start with a Physics A Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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