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Physics A level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

A course with both theoretical and practical aspects.

Course content

Modules 1-4 common to AS and A Level, modules 5 and 6 are only taken as part of the full two year A Level in Physics. Module 1: Development of practical skills in Physics Module 2: Foundations of Physics – physical quantities and units, scalars and vectors, measurements Module 3: Forces and motion – work energy and power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons– charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics – thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics Module 6: Particles and medical physics – capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging.

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.

Future opportunities

Physics can be used as a basis for the study of Sciences at University. It is also a pre-requisite for entry to some courses in Medicine and Medicinal Science courses at University. Physics A Level is also a required course for studying Engineering at University. Engineering is a subject which allows students with an interest in Maths and Science to apply their knowledge to problem solving and practical work in real-world situations, working on large and small scale projects such as the CrossRail network and the construction of the Shard tower. Physics is also a required subject for many Architecture courses at university. Due to the mathematical and modelling skills involved, students with Physics A Level often move into Financial/ Economic research/employment. In fact, Physics graduates earn some of the highest average wages of all degree subjects. Physics (alongside Chemistry and Biology) is seen as a ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell group of universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years
  • Course code: AS H158; A level H558