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Alevel Physics at King Edward VI Aston School

Course description

The Physics department at Aston is proud to provide a popular and well resourced course which provides a through preparation for entry into many fields.

Physics at ‘A’ level is essential for many degree courses such as those in engineering and valuable preparation for others such as medicine and architecture. The skills gained whilst studying physics are valued and may be usefully transferred to a wide range of disciplines and careers.

 

Course content

The Physics department at Aston is proud to provide a popular and well-resourced course which provides a thorough preparation for entry into many fields.

Physics at A level is essential for many degree courses, such as those in engineering, and valuable preparation for others, such as medicine and architecture. The skills gained through studying physics are both valued by universities and widely transferable to a range of degrees and professions.

Entry requirements

Entrance to the course is dependent on at least an A grade in Physics GCSE or equivalent, or AA in double award science, as well as an A grade in Mathematics GCSE or equivalent. It is highly recommended that students choosing to study physics at A level also choose to study Mathematics.

Assessment

The department follows the AQA ‘Physics A’ specification which includes topics such as particle physics, quantum phenomena, waves & oscillations, gravitational & electric fields, classical mechanics, thermal physics, nuclear physics and special relativity. There is an optional module studied during Year 13, the focus of which is chosen based upon both the interests and strengths of the particular cohort.

Future opportunities

In addition to the regular course of studies, a number of A level students choose to become involved in extra-curricular activities such as mentoring younger students within the school and visiting local and national universities for talks and seminars. The department also encourages participation in the British Physics Olympiad and a number of students attend extra classes to help prepare for this event; these classes also prove popular with those students looking to apply to top universities for their undergraduate studies.

Further information

The department has three full time teaching staff, all of whom are physics specialists, as well as a specialist technician, and lessons are taught across three purpose-built laboratories serviced by a prep room. All students are provided with an electronic copy of the course text book (that includes a number of additional electronic resources) and this is supplemented by an extensive range of bespoke resources for use in class.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Aston School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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