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Physics A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

There are a wide variety of opportunities for those with Physics training, especially for those who can tackle technical information and who can ‘think for themselves’.

Physics at Wyedean makes use of traditional class teaching and demonstrations, in conjunction with the use of printed resource materials, class discussion, group and individual practical work.

Questions are answered by students systematically covering each section of work.

Practice questions are handed in for marking as are practical accounts, allowing progress to be monitored and help given where appropriate.

Practical work is an essential element in the development of concepts in the course, and experimental and analytical skills are developed through the practical programme.

The school is well equipped for experimental work and provides access to computers and specialised Physics equipment.

Course content

Core 1 (Mechanics and Materials)

Straight Line Motion, Forces, Energy and Power, Fluid Flow and Strength of Materials.

Core 2 (Waves, DC Electricity and the Nature of Light)

The Language of Waves, The Behaviour of Waves, Light and Sound, Electrical Quantities, Complete Electrical Circuits, Wave Particle Duality and Spectra and Energy Levels in Atoms.

Advanced Physics 1 (Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields and Particle Physics)

  • Circular Motion
  • Momentum
  • Electric Fields
  • Capacitors
  • Electromagnetic Effects
  • Probing Matter
  • Particle Accelerators and Particle Interactions.

Advanced Physics 2(Thermal Energy, Nuclear Decay, Oscillations, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Gravitational Fields)

  • Thermal energy
  • Nuclear Decay
  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Starshine and Hubble’s Law.

General and Practical Principles (Synoptic)

CORE PRACTICALS

Students must plan 16 experiments and then carry out the experiments which may be with their own plan or a plan provided by Edexcel.

This will involve:

  • Setting up and using apparatus.
  • Recording observations.
  • Evaluating results.
  • Planning and putting a plan into action.
  • Graph plotting, possibly including the use of logarithms.

Entry requirements

It is expected that students starting A Level Physics will have achieved at least grade BB in Additional Science or Single Award Physics.

Due to the high level of demand in the course however, we recommend a grade A. C grade students may find BTEC Science more appropriate.

Confidence in mathematics can help considerably, and although it is not a requirement that Physics students follow the A Level Mathematics course, the ability to embark on A Level Maths (i.e. a grade B at GCSE Level) is a good indicator of a capacity to study Physics at A Level.

Those who do study A Level Maths usually find the Physics course easier than those who do not.

Assessment

The EDEXCEL specification content is divided into units which contain the national core subject content for all A Level Physics courses.

The units are:

  • Paper 1 1hr 45mins - 30% of A Level.
  • Paper 2 1hr 45mins - 30% of A Level.
  • Paper 3 2hr 30mins – 40% of the A Level.

Brief tests are held at the end of topics during the course, in addition to practice exam papers and school internal exams.

Further information

You might want to understand how everything works at the most fundamental level and become a Theoretical Physicist.

However, most students of Physics at ‘A’ Level either want a scientific career

  • Research (and Development)
  • Forensic
  • Medical-Physics
  • Astronomer, etc.

Or you may want to apply Physics in one of the multitude of Engineering applications –

  • Aeronautics
  • Civil
  • Computer Systems
  • Cybernetics
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Radiography
  • Recording
  • Telecommunication, etc.

Or you may want Physics (or at least a science) in conjunction with Maths as a strong combination, developing logical thought and numeric skills for an analytical career – accountancy, systems analyst, etc.

Or you may enjoy Physics and know that the qualification is well respected and could be useful when writing lyrics as a rock star!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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