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Physics A level at Chace Community School

Course description

The A Level GCE is comprised of nine units and 12 practicals, which are externally assessed through written exams at the end of the two year course.

Content Units:

1.    Measurements and their errors.

2.    Particles and Radiation.

3.    Waves.

4.    Mechanics and Materials.

5.    Electricity.

6.    Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics.

7.    Fields and their consequences.

8.    Nuclear Physics.

9.    Medical Physics or Astrophysics.

The practical endorsement is awarded by teachers at the end of the A Level based on competency demonstrated in the following five criteria:

1.    Follows written procedures.

2.    Applies investigative approaches and methods when using instruments and equipment.

3.    Safely uses a range of practical equipment and materials.

4.    Makes and records observations.

5.    Researches, references and reports.

Practical competency will be assessed in the 12 mandatory practicals in addition to any other practicals carried out over the two years. 

Entry requirements

Students are required to gain at least a grade B in both GCSE Core and Additional Sciences or two grade Bs in Separate Science (including GCSE Physics) and a grade B in GCSE Maths.  

Future opportunities

Employers and universities rate Physics A Level very highly.  It is essential for many careers including: Engineering (Aeronautical, Automobile, Biomedical, Electrical, Ergonomics, Mechanical, Production, Structural, Recording, and many more!), science based careers in Astronomy, Forensics, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Geophysics, Nuclear and Space Scientists, and medical based careers like Audiologist, Optician and Radiographer.

Physics is also an advantage in any and all of the following careers:  Architect, Computer Programmer, Mechanic, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Dentist, Doctor, Vet, Teacher, TV Camera Operator and more. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September