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Physics AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

Physics students will study the interactions between matter, space, time and energy from the smallest scale of sub-atomic particles to the scale of the entire universe.

Course content

First Year

  • 1. Measurements and their errors
  • 2. Particles and radiation
  • 3. Waves
  • 4. Mechanics and materials
  • 5. Electricity

The topics above are assessed in two written exam papers each lasting 1.5 hours. Students will complete a range of practical activities and the knowledge and understanding of these, will be assessed within the written exams.

Second Year

After studying topics 1 – 5 from the AS content, students will study the following topics in their second year:

  • 6. Further mechanics and thermal processes
  • 7. Fields and their consequences
  • 9. Astrophysics

For the full A-level, topics 1- 9 are assessed in three written exam papers each lasting 2.0 hours. Students will complete a range of practical activities and the knowledge and understanding of these, will be assessed within the written exams.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Physics or Double award Science at grade B/ point 5 or above or GCSE Core and Additional Science grade B or above.
  • GCSE Maths at grade B/ point 5 or above. An average GCSE score of 5.7 and above.
  • Students who achieve a Grade B in Physics or B grade in Core and Additional Science (including Physics module) will also need to obtain an average GCSE score of 5.7 or above.

Assessment

The course is entirely assessed by written examination at the end of each course. Students will complete a range of practical activities; and the knowledge and understanding of these will be assessed within the written exams. Practical skills will also be assessed by teacher observation in class for the A-level qualification.

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There are numerous enrichment opportunities for Physics students at St Brendan's including University Master classes, visiting speakers and Science Trips.

Future opportunities

An A-level qualification in Physics opens up a wide range of career opportunities and higher education courses. These include engineering, medicine, environmental science, materials science, chemistry, control systems electronics, meteorology and physics itself - to name a few!

Further information

Support for students is provided by the Learning Resource Centre and within the department, where there is access to a small Physics library, the Internet and a wide range of specialist Physics apparatus.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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