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Physics A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Physics requires the knowledge and understanding of many facts and principles. It looks at why things happen and how things work. The accumulation of knowledge from year seven to eleven is necessary for the understanding of the ideas which are developed. Much of the work is new, but is a logical extension of GCSE material in much greater depth.

The course is the stimulating Advancing Physics course which has been developed by the Institute of Physics with support from industry, higher education and industry led bodies.

Course content

AS Course

A summary of the content for the AS level course is as follows:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

Module 2 – Fundamental data analysis

Module 3 – Physics in action
3.1.1 Imaging and signalling
3.1.2 Sensing
3.2 Mechanical properties of materials

Module 4 – Understanding processes
4.1 Waves and quantum behaviour
4.2 Space, time and motion

A2 Course

A summary of the content for the A level course is as follows:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination
1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Fundamental data analysis

Module 3 – Physics in action
3.1.1 Imaging and signalling
3.1.2 Sensing
3.2 Mechanical properties of materials

Module 4 – Understanding processes
4.1 Waves and quantum behaviour
4.2 Space, time and motion

Module 5 – Rise and fall of the clockwork universe
5.1.1 Creating models
5.1.2 Out into space
5.1.3 Our place in the universe
5.2.1 Matter: very simple
5.2.2 Matter: hot or cold

Module 6 – Field and particle physics
6.1.1 Electromagnetism
6.1.2 Charge and field
6.2.1 Probing deep into matter
6.2.2 Ionising radiation and risk

Entry requirements

Physics is not an easy option at Advanced level and at least a grade A at GCSE level is needed for entry. Resources for the course are both text book and CD-ROM for each year and these are essential to enable final success.

Future opportunities

If a student is entering any scientific, engineering or mathematical course he may well find that Advanced Level Physics is a suggested requirement of entry. The principles and technologies involved in the course are relevant to many aspects of study. Employers rate Physics qualifications highly, so by studying Physics doors will open to a surprising variety of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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