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Physics A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

This course is designed to encourage candidates to develop:

  • An awe for the universe
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • A confident understanding of the practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles
  • An appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills for the study of Physics in Higher Education.

You will learn about a range of natural phenomena from a across the universe and how they work.

Course content

Core content

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Options in Year 2

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five or more A*-C grades at GCSE. You must have at least a grade B in GCSE Core and Additional Science or B in GCSE Physics.

Assessment

Paper 1

  • Any content from topics 1– 5, including relevant practical skills
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 2

  • Any content from topics 6 – 8, including relevant practical skills
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 3

  • Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
  • Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 32% of A-level
  • 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.
  • 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic

Future opportunities

This is a traditional academic route which allows you to go on to study Physics, Engineering and other scientific applications at University as well as a host of future employment opportunities that require excellent problem solving skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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