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Physics - AS Level at RR6 Wimbledon

Course description

Why study A Level Physics? A successful A level physicist will be an effective problem-solver who can communicate efficiently both orally and in writing. Handling data will be a key part of your work and you will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues. What topics will I study? • AS: Unit 1: particles, quantum phenomena & electricity. Unit 2: mechanics, materials & waves. Unit 3: investigative and practical work. • A2: Unit 4: fields & further mechanics. Unit 5a: nuclear & thermal physics. Unit 5b: option of astrophysics, medical physics or history of physics (to be confirmed). Unit 6: investigative & practical work. How will I be assessed? • AS: Unit 1 & 2: written paper - structured questions (75 marks) each - worth 40% of AS • A2: Unit 4: written paper - multiple choice & structured questions (70 marks) – worth 40% of A2. • A2: Unit 5a: written paper - structured questions (40 marks) - with Unit 5b worth 40% of Unit A2: Unit 5b: option written paper (35 marks) - with Unit 5b worth 40% of A2. • A2: Unit 6: Internal assessment of practical work - PSA & ISA - worth 20%. An example/illustration of the type of work involved: Students will learn to use AS standard laboratory equipment, consider the applications and implications of science and appreciate their associated benefits and risks, consider ethical issues and appreciate the ways in which society uses science to inform decision making.

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics OR both Core and Additional Science. Grade A in Additional Applied Science OR Distinctions in BTEC First Applied Science.

Future opportunities

A Physics A level qualification is an asset to any CV. It shows you can think logically, problem solve and apply ideas. It is ideal preparation for any career with a strong mathematical aspect such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medical imaging, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or aeronautical engineering. There are many different degrees in aspects of physics, astronomy, electronics and engineering. You could also apply what you have learned to the study of computing, accountancy, journalism, business, design or law. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course. Trips will be arranged to places such as radiology units in hospitals, as well as developing links with higher education institutions where you will be able to see advanced physics equipment. There may also be opportunities to go to the Greenwich Observatory, Jodrell bank and the Planetarium

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact RR6 Wimbledon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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