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Physics A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Physics?

Students who enjoyed Physics at GCSE and who have good skills at Mathematics. Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Course content

AS Physics and first year of A-level physics

Topics to be covered in the first year: Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and energy and Electricity.

Second year of A-level Physics 

Topics to be covered in the second year: Further mechanics and Thermal physics, Fields, Nuclear physics.

Plus one option from the following:

  • a) Astrophysics
  • b) Medical physics
  • c) Engineering physics
  • d) Turning points in physics
  • e) Electronics

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Assessment

The AS unit is assessed by means of two written examination papers of 1 hour 30 minutes duration, which will consist of multiple choice questions, short and long answer objective questions and questions on practical skills and data analysis. Each paper is worth 50% of the AS grade. 

The A2 unit is assessed by means of three written examination papers of two hours duration, which will consist of multiple choice questions, short and long answer objective questions and questions on practical skills and data analysis. Each paper is worth 34% of the A-level Physics grade. The first exam paper will be assessing the AS course content again.

Future opportunities

Students who wish to study Physics or Engineering at university must have an A Level in Physics. Physics is also very useful if you wish to study medicine, optometry or radiology. It is also very well regarded if you are interested in a career in the financial services sector. It is also a fascinating subject and well worth studying for your own satisfaction.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brampton Manor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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