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AS Level Physics at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy

Course description

AS/A Level Physics A has been developed for students who wish to continue with a study of Physics after GCSE. Some students may wish to follow a Physics course for only one year as an AS GCE, in order to broaden their curriculum. Others will continue their course for a further year extending their course to Advance GCE. Such a course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful. The Units studied during the course will include: Mechanics; Electrons, Waves and Photons; Newtonian World; Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics. Skills and attributes that students need to be successful: •An interest and curiosity about how things work. •A willingness to investigate things experimentally and through the use of mathematical relationships. •A sound background of scientific knowledge and language. •A high level of mathematical ability. •An interest in modern scientific developments. •An appreciation of how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory How the course is assessed: • The first unit at AS has been designed so that candidates can sit the exam for the first time in January of year 12. Similarly the first A2 unit has been designed so that candidates can sit the exam for the first time in January of year 13. • This specification has less emphasis on recall and more on understanding and application. • There are no longer optional units within this specification but we have carefully chosen the best features and integrated them within the new units. • Assessment outcomes are clear. • Throughout the specification suitable practical work is performed and the aspects of How Science Works covered are signposted. What students do after successful completion: AS students would use the course as an introduction to this type of scientific study or as a complement to study of arts or languages. A2 level students would: •Go on to university to read Physics through such degree courses as Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Astronomy, Acoustics and Technology. Physics may also be studied in combination with such subjects as French, English, Economics, Mathematics, Architecture and Information Technology. •Use Physics as one of their subjects to read other subjects at University. •Go to employment in such fields as Design, Manufacturing, Engineering, Electronics, Acoustics, Communications, Computing and Transportation.

Entry requirements

Students should fulfil the general entry requirements to study A levels at the Academy & ideally have gained a GCSE grade B or above. Students are encouraged to study at least AS Maths while at the Academy.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physics, which could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Chemistry, Biology or Electronics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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