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Physics A Level at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

The first year of the Physics course consists of 3 modules:
1. Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
2. Mechanics, Materials and Waves
3. Centre Assessed unit
Every effort has been made by the exam board to offer modules which consist of modern up to date physics material. The particle physics module is particularly interesting since the material covered has only been researched over the last twenty years. The unit of mechanics overlaps with the mathematics course. (It is an advantage in terms of workload if the maths course is followed along with the physics course but not a necessity). The electricity and waves topics build on prior knowledge from GCSE to develop an understanding of how the world and universe around us really works.
In the second year of the Physics course four additional modules are studied:
4. Fields and further mechanics.
5a. Nuclear and Thermal Physics
5b. Astrophysics
6. Centre Assessed Unit
Units 4 and 5a are compulsory and unit 5b is the option unit. For the past two years, the chosen option has been astronomy and we have purchased some expensive, exciting equipment to complement this course. This includes a telescope which students can borrow and use at home. This course has proved an extremely popular option enabling pupils to use the Internet to do some interesting research projects. Several years ago the chosen option was medical physics. The option taught each year depends on the students' choice.
Each year we attend the Liverpool Physics Olympics, lectures at local universities and take a guided tour of the particle physics laboratories at CERN in Geneva.
The course consists of five hours teaching time per week. An additional five hours of additional study and homework is expected to be completed per week.


A combination of examinations (80%) and a series of practical tasks (20%) involving the demonstration of practical skills and a knowledge and understanding of how science works.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Maths, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering to prepare for higher education in a science and technology related subject or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to any physical science, engineering or applied mathematics. Examples vary widely from structural engineer through to research scientist, investment banking to geophysicist in the oil industry.
The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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