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Physics A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

Have you ever wondered where the elements that make you were formed or why the sun shines? Physics is our attempt to explain these and the laws governing the behaviour of all matter and energy in the Universe. It encompasses the unimaginably small, in the study of fundamental particles and quantum mechanics, and the nature of galaxies and the Universe itself, shaped by gravity. This course provides a grounding of the fundamental ideas of Physics and the theoretical and experimental methods used in trying to explain our Universe. The study of Physics provides a foundation for many areas vital to our modern world such as engineering, communications, scientific research and development, computing and manufacturing. Without Physics you would be without the computer, the World Wide Web and the mobile phone on which we all rely.

Course content

Year 12

1. Measurements and their errors

2. Particles and Radiation

3. Waves

4. Mechanics and Materials

5. Electricity

Year 13

6. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear Physics One from the following options:

i) Astrophysics ii) Medical Physics iii) Engineering Physics iv) Turning Points in Physics v) Electronics

Year 13

6. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics 7. Fields and their consequences 8. Nuclear Physics One from the following options: i) Astrophysics ii) Medical Physics iii) Engineering Physics iv) Turning Points in Physics v) Electronics

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements & Skills Required:

GCSE Physics (7) or GCSE Additional Science (7) 

A high standard of literacy and numeracy 

The ability to hypothesize, research, draw conclusions and evaluate work 

The ability to interpret and analyse information presented in a range of contexts

Good practical skills and a logical approach to practical activities 

A love of reading 

An inquisitive and enquiring mind

Assessment

Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1 carry 34%. Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 carry 34%. Practical skills, data analysis and the option section carry 32% of the overall A Level.

Future opportunities

Physics provides students with the tools and experience in solving problems in a logical way to explain why things work the way they do. This is well known by universities and industry. It provides access to many university courses and careers in the fields of the Sciences, Engineering, Electronics, Medical Sciences, Computing, Mathematics, Economics, Accounting, Architecture and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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