Physics AS A Level at Saint Mary's College, Blackburn
The study of Physics involves delving into explanations of ‘how and why’ concerning all possible scales from the nucleus of an atom to the scale of galaxies and beyond. Physics is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The specification provides a framework for exploration of such issues including, for example, the use of radioactive isotopes in medicine, the discussion on nuclear power and the environmental consequences of the use of fossil fuels. AS Level consists of three units; Unit 1: Motion, energy and charge. For example the motion of rockets is studied, including practical work. Unit 2: Waves and particles. For example the study of the fundamental particles related to the Big Bang. Unit 3: Practical Physics concerned with experimental tasks performed under controlled conditions, based upon experimental techniques developed in the AS course. A Level units include; Unit 4: Fields and Forces (including a significant amount of astronomy). Unit 5: Electromagnetism, nuclei and options (includes radioactivity and medical physics) Unit 6: Experimental and Synoptic assessment.
Core Science (Science A) at grade B and Additional Science grade B. Alternatively, Physics or Astronomy grade B with another grade B Science from Core Science (Science A) / Additional Science / Biology / Chemistry.In addition students are required to study AS Level Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Mary's College, Blackburn directly.