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A Level Physics at North Oxfordshire Academy

Course description

The Physics GCE will be taught through a concept-led approach. This approach begins with a study of the laws, theories and models of Physics and finishes with an exploration of their practical applications. Time in class will be spent both studying the theoretical aspects of Physics and investigating the practical aspects through experimentation. Individual work, group work, class discussion and personal research will all play important roles in developing students’ understanding of the topics covered and of How Science Works – the exploration of how scientific knowledge is developed, validated and communicated by the scientific community.

Course content

The AS Course is compiled of the following modules:

  •  Unit 1: Physics on the go (40% of total AS marks). Study of mechanics (motion, forces, energy and power) and materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young’s Modulus and elastic strain energy).
  •  Unit 2: Physics at Work (40% of total AS marks). Study of waves (including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and standing waves), electricity (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and non-ohmic materials, potential dividers, emf and internal resistance of cells, and negative temperature coefficient thermistors) and the wave/particle nature of light.
  •  Unit 3: Exploring Physcs (20% of total AS marks). Involves an experiment that is based on a case study of an application of Physics, linking theoretical knowledge and understanding to a real-life use.

And the full A-Level modules are:

  •  Unit 4: Physics on the Move (40% of total A2 marks) Study of further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric and magnetic fields, and particle Physics.
  •  Unit 5: Physics from Creation to Collapse (40% of total A2 marks) Study of thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations (simple harmonic motion and dampening), astrophysics and cosmology (interpretation of astronomical observations, formation and evolution of stars, history and future of our Universe).
  •  Unit 6: Experimental Physics (20% of total A2 marks) Involves planning and carrying out an experiment and analysing experimental results.


Entry requirements

To do this course, you will need: 5 A*-C at GCSE including Science and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Oxfordshire Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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