Physics A Level at Neale-Wade Academy
A one year course gains an AS qualification. A two year course offers an A-Level qualification.
Topics include measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics. At A-Level there are optional topics students are entered for including astrophysics and electronics.
At least grade B in Additional Science or B in Physics,
with at least grade B in Mathematics at Higher Tier.
Assessment at A-Level is of a higher demand than AS. Each course is linear.
AS-Level – Two papers, each worth 50%, both are 1hr 30min and comprised of 70 marks covering all content. Questioning includes short and long answer questions, multiple choices and questions focused on practical skills.
A-Level – Three papers, paper 1 and 2 are worth 34%, both are 2hrs and comprised of 85 marks of short and long answers and multiple choices. These papers cover practical skills and specified content. Paper 3 is worth 32%, it is 2 hours; questions include 45 marks assessing practical skills and data analysis and 35 marks assessing the chosen optional topic.
To prepare for linear assessment you will be closely monitored throughout the course, with an expectation of two homework assignments per week and 3-4 hours of independent study.
For those who intend pursuing a degree course many scientific
and engineering courses are available. The career possibilities arising from these are endless. Physicists and engineers can be found working at the frontiers of knowledge; others tackle the challenging problems that arise in the application of physical ideas to industrial and engineering problems. Physics graduates also find careers in other areas like accounting, finance, sales and management where their ability to reduce a problem to its component parts then apply logic supported by calculation to provide a solution is much sought after.
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.