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Physics at The King Edmund School

Course description

Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. Physics goes from a grand scale (the Universe), to the very smallest parts of the building blocks of everything (atoms), and then even smaller than that….to look at the particles that build up the nucleus. Physics is interwoven into virtually every aspect of our lives. Every electrical device you use, including mobile phones, depends upon basic physics concepts and principles. Every mechanical device, including cars, also relies on applications of physics. Your body has developed sense organs that take into account and adapt to the behaviour of sound, light, heat, electrical and mechanical systems. You are a biological machine adapted to be successful in a world where physical principles permeate everything.

Course content

Through the study of physics, you will gain awareness of the on-going development of new ideas and of the application of in-depth knowledge of well-established concepts. There will be a range of activities including practical investigations, and the use of IT modelling and simulations. The course is divided into ten units covering: mechanics and further mechanics, electric circuits, waves, particle nature of light, electric and magnetic fields, gravitational fields, nuclear and particle physics, space and thermodynamics.

Entry requirements

Examinations take place at the end of the course and will total six hours. The examinations will test your knowledge and understanding. They will include short answer, calculations and extended writing. Practical skills will also be incorporated into the examinations.

Future opportunities

Studying physics opens up a range of opportunities in further education and in career paths, from predicting climate change to designing computer games. Some of the career choices made by A Level physicists include the huge array of engineering courses available, medicine, architecture, telecommunications and space exploration. The range of opportunities is not limited to science. Many business and law courses, for example, will accept physics as an entry qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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