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AS Physics at Queen Elizabeth's Academy

Course description

Physics is often considered the most fundamental of all the sciences and its theories attempt to describe the behaviour of everything, from the smallest building blocks of matter to the entire Universe.

The importance of physics to society today is most easily represented by our reliance on technology. Many of the technologies that that are continually transforming the world we live in can be directly traced back to important physics research.

The aims of the AS GCE in Physics are to:

  • provide progression from the Key Stage 4 programme of study and enable students to sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and an interest in, physics and its applications
  • develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and foster the development of skills in the design and execution of experiments
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of physics and, where appropriate, the applications of physics, with an appreciation of their significance to the modern world
  • be a suitable preparation for higher educational courses in physics and related subjects.

The course is divided into three Units:

Unit 1: Physics on the go: the study of mechanics and materials

Unit 2: Physics at Work: the study of waves, electricity and the wave/particle nature of light.

Unit 3: Exploring Physics: this unit involves an experiment that is based on a case study of an application of physics.

Units 1 and 2 are assessed by external examination and Unit 3 by a report written by the student.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

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