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Physics A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

The course aims to develop in students a very thorough command of “classical” fundamental analytical skills, problem solving and mathematical modelling techniques which are the key not only to good Physics but to many other areas of scientific and technological endeavour. In addition you will be introduced to the exotic world of Quantum Theory and the frontiers of Particle Physics and Cosmology. You will be involved in practical experimental activities, individual research, discussion and problem solving. The course places a strong emphasis on understanding how the theory relates to the real world around you. Even if you do not pursue the course beyond AS the course provides a valuable insight into the way that Physics profoundly affects our view of the universe. If you choose to go to A2 then you find this qualification is highly valued in fields as varied as accountancy, communications, engineering, medicine, computing, meteorology and many other career paths as well as, of course, pure Physics.

Course content

AS Level

Unit G484: Newtonian World:

• Newton’s Laws, Ciruclar Motion and Oscillations Thermal Physics

Unit G485: Field, Particles and Frontiers:
• Electric, Magnetic and Gravitational Fields, Capacitors, Nuclear Physics, Medical Imaging and Cosmology

Unit G486: Practical Skills:
• Assessed Quantitative, Qualitative and Evaluation tasks

A Level

Unit G481: Mechanics
• Forces, Motion, Work and Energy

Unit G482: Electrons, Waves and Photons:
• DC Circuit Theory, Waves and Quantum Physics

Unit G483: Practical skills:
• Assessed Quantitative, Qualitative and Evaluation tasks

Entry requirements

• Five GCSEs at grade A* – C, including Maths GCSE at grade B and Science at BB
• Mature students by negotiation


Examinations and coursework

Financial information

For each year of the course there is a Student’s Book and accompanying CD-ROM. The Department will have copies available under our refundable deposit loan scheme and details of these publications are available on VLE. We are also fortunate in being well equipped with experimental apparatus for all the practical work.

Future opportunities

• Higher Education for degree courses in physics, engineering or other sciences
• Career opportunities in a wide range of engineering, medical, technical and scientific occupations

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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