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Physics A Level at Kemnal Technology College

Course description

You will learn both practical and theory skills, such as how to calculate the wavelength of a laser from classroom measurements and how to accurately calculate the Earth’s gravitational field strength from a simple pendulum.

Course content

Year 12—Order of Study

  • Unit 1: Particles, radiation and quantum phenomena
  • Unit 2: Waves and optics.

The first unit focuses on particle physics. You will take the ideas you learned at GCSE and develop them, discovering new particles. By the end of the unit you will be able to describe the particle zoo and draw Feynman diagrams to model particle interactions. You will also conduct experiments to investigate the properties of radioactive particles. Also in this unit you will take your first steps as a quantum physicist, learning about quantum phenomena and wave-particle duality. In the second unit you will learn the fundamental properties of progressive and standing waves. You will carry out experiments to measure the properties of waves and learn how waves interact.

Year 13—Order of Study

  • Unit 3: Mechanics and materials
  • Unit 4: Electricity

Unit 3 concerns the forces of nature and Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion. You will be able to describe how large objects interact and apply this knowledge to the world around you. Whilst studying unit 4 you will learn about electricity and electrical circuits. You will learn how to apply your theoretical knowledge to practical situations and conduct experiments to reinforce the knowledge of the theory you have learned.

Practical work

Throughout the course you will enrich your learning by conducting experiments. These experiments are assessed both internally and externally and will ensure that you develop the skills you will need to pursue a career in science or study science in further education.

Entry requirements

Two B grades in either higher double or triple science GCSE and pass Summer entrance exam.

Future opportunities

Physics is a course that gives you a great foundation for a range of professions, including, scientist, pilot, mechanical engineer, civil engineer, aeronautic engineer and many more. Physics A Level is a valuable qualification for any science or engineering based course at higher education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kemnal Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years