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Physics at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham Consortium.  

Why should I study Physics?

Physics is the study of everything: from a scale smaller than an atom to the entire Universe; from the recreation of events at the Big bang to every area of our everyday lives. Physics explores and tries to understand the underlying patterns and connections between it all. If you have an interest in, and enjoyment of, Physics and you like to be challenged and enjoy recognition for serious problem solving and if you want to study a subject at the fore front of modern technological advances, then A level Physics could be the choice for you. Physics is a demanding subject which rewards you with a deeper understanding of the Universe as we know it. The nature of the course challenges students to view the world in a different way and develop skills which are useful and applicable for whatever they choose for the future. It’s fun, exciting and intellectually stimulating.

What will the course involve?

The linear A level in Physics involves three examinations at the end of Y13. Two papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes long and one paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes long. These cover overarching themes of: • Advanced Physics 1 including Mechanics, Electrical Circuits, Materials, Waves and Nuclear and Particle Physics • Advanced Physics 2 including Oscillations, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation and Electric and Gravitational Fields • General and Practical Principles in Physics There is no coursework element to the linear A level however students will be required to complete a number of Core Practicals throughout the course that cover specific skills and techniques. It is possible to take an AS Level examination in Physics. This is worth 40% of the A Level.

How might this course complement others? 

A level Physics works well in combination with Biology and Chemistry as well as Maths and Further Maths.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

The logical and mathematical skills in Physics are relevant to a vast number of careers and can be used as an entry point to a number of careers not all associated with Physics. As a working Physicist you may find yourself; trying to predict the stock market in the City, testing satellites for space missions, doing medical physics in a hospital, trying to predict the next major earthquake, developing flight simulation software, or designing an Olympic stadium. In other words, the skills developed studying Physics can be the passport to almost any career.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September