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Physics A Level at Pensby High School

Course description

Think about the speeds, acceleration and forces involved in fairground rides. Consider the optical fibres, chips and circuits needed for today's information systems and micro technology (not to mention nanotechnology).

The principles of Physics play a vital role in almost every aspect of modern living.

The two AS theory units provide a good foundation for the A level course. Unit 1 invites students to venture into the field of Particle Physics and provides a new interest and dimension to their knowledge of the subject. Unit 2 allows the progression of Mechanics, Materials and Waves already familiar from Key Stage 4.

At A2, the students develop their understanding of Fields and Mechanics and about the significant breakthroughs in Science history such as the discovery of the electron and measurement of the speed of light.

The two-year course now includes Practical Skill Assessments, which are a series of internally assessed practical’s as well as an Investigative Skills Assignment in for AS and A2 level.

The course is well resourced and pupils will benefit from dedicated textbooks, online resources and student guides and are taught by experienced and supportive teachers.

Course content

AS Physics

  • Unit 1 Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
  • Unit 2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves
  • Unit 3 Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics

A2 Physics

  • Unit 4 Fields and Further Mechanics
  • Unit 5 Turning Points in Physics
  • Unit 6 Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including at least:

  • B in GCSE Physics or Additional Science (Higher tier)
  • B in GCSE Mathematics

Assessment

  • Unit 1: January examination(40% of total AS marks or 20% of total A level marks) – written examination 70 marks 1hr 15 minutes
  • Unit 2: June examination (40% of total AS marks or 20% of total A level marks) – written examination 70 marks 1hr 15 minutes
  • Unit 3: Practical Skills Assessment and Investigative Skills Assignment (50 marks – internally assessed)
  • Unit 4: Written examination -75 marks
    • Section A – 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark
    • Section B – written paper consisting of 50 marks (1hr 45 minutes – 20% of the total A level marks)
  • Unit 5: Written examination 75 marks
    • Section A – Nuclear and Thermal Physics – 40 marks
    • Section B – Option Paper (currently Option B –Turning Points in Physic) 35 marks (1hr 45 minutes – 20% of the total A level marks)
  • Unit 6: Practical Skills Assessment and Investigative Skills Assignment (50 marks – internally assessed).

Future opportunities

Employees rate Physics qualifications highly so by studying physics, you will open a door to a surprisingly wide variety of careers. Medicine, Engineering, Sports Science, Information Technology, Meteorology, Radiography, Archaeology, Communications- the list seems endless.

Further information

Students who enjoy applying logic and knowledge to solve problems and who have the ability to understand abstract concepts and models will suit this course. The course also will appeal to those students who enjoy practical physics and have the ability to use and manipulate sensitive equipment. 
Students must have an ability to work hard and most importantly, independently. You must have a strong desire to put lots of effort into, and appreciate the demands of, a challenging subject. 
The AS and the A2 courses will use the combined facilities of both Hilbre and Pensby schools.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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