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Phsyics A level at Woodbridge High School

Course description

You will learn about how objects move, how mechanical systems operate, how light, waves and sub-atomic particles behave, how electric and gravitational fields affect the world around us and how Physics applications shape the world of the future. You will be expected to solve numerical problems and to describe and discuss your understanding of physical concepts. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and will perform experiments that illustrate scientific theory.

Course content

Each topic is designed to develop an excellent understanding of important concepts in the subject. These ideas include from modern day physics like antiparticles and the quark model. You will develop your understanding of astrophysics and cosmology and in radioactivity you will be able to explain why your body is made from nuclear waste of long dead stars. Each topic will be linked to practical applications of the physics involved in order to aid learning. These applications could range from designing sports equipment, medical physics, technology in space, space part surgery and the construction of buildings in earthquake zones. Physics is a practical subject and experimentation and investigation will play an important role at A level. Students will be expected to carry out experiments, go on physics based visits and to complete case studies on the applications of physics.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Physics, Grade AA in Edexcel Certificate in Science (Double Award) or Grade A in Additional Science, Grade B in GCSE Maths and Grade B in GCSE English.

Assessment

At the end of each unit of study you will be internally assessed to monitor your progress. You will also be expected to prepare presentations and to apply your knowledge different situations to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the work.

The external examinations will be offered at the end of Year 13 and they will contain a variety of short answer and longer stretch and challenge questions. Your ability to manipulate equipment and analyse experimental results is continually assessed.

Future opportunities

Physics is essential for those students entering Physical Science, Engineering or Electronics at all levels. Physics is also very useful for those wanting to follow a medical career. Physics qualifications are highly sought after. Students who have achieved a good grade in A level Physics demonstrate the clarity of thought and determination to solve problems which enable them to succeed in many jobs and professions. This academic AS/A Level course is well regarded by employers, colleges and universities as a measure of problem solving ability and thinking skills. The skills developed on this course can be applied just as well to business and management as well as to science. Many companies place a high value of numerate physics students who can demonstrate that they can think logically and imaginatively.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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