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Physics - AS / A level at Suffolk One

Course description

The AS and A-Level OCR Physics ` A ` specification course offered provides a very good basis for students to progress into further education, following courses in physics or engineering, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful. Amongst other things the course includes the study of electricity, magnetism, forces, fields, motion and the frontiers of physics. Students are given the opportunity to develop their interest and enthusiasm as they progress through the course where the emphasis is on understanding rather than purely memory work with time spent doing practical, theory and tutorial work. To reinforce what is learnt in class it is expected that students would put in a considerable amount of independent study time to develop their appreciation and enjoyment of this subject and regular assignments will be set. A course textbook will be provided along with the opportunities to practice past papers in tutorial sessions.

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Teaching Units

Assessment Method and Weighting

UNIT 1 [G481]: In this unit students will learn about the importance of units, scalars and vectors ,the different types of force, work and energy ,conservation of energy, Hooke`s law, how objects behave when there is zero net force acting on them, car safety and global positioning systems

30% of marks. Candidates answer all questions in a 60 minute written paper.

UNIT 2 [G482]: This unit comprises of :electric current, circuits, resistance, electrical power, domestic electrical energy, wave motion, different types/effects on/of waves, quantum physics and wave spectra

50% of marks. Candidates answer all questions in a 105 minute written paper.

UNIT 3 - Coursework

Practical Skills 1 - 20% of final mark.


Teaching Units

Assessment Method and Weighting

UNIT 4 [G484]: In this unit the topics of Newton's Laws of motion, collisions, circular motion, gravitational fields, oscillations, states of matter and the thermal properties of matter are taught.

15% of final mark

Written Paper

UNIT 5 [G485]: This unit comprises of magnetic fields, how capacitors work in circuits, nuclear physics, electromagnetic spectrum, ultrasound, the structure of the Universe and the evolution of the Universe.

25% of final mark

Written Paper

UNIT 6 - Coursework

10% of final mark

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in either Physics or Additional Science.

Future opportunities

Progression is generally to higher education and A level Physics is often a requirement to study a range of Engineering degrees, forensic science and traditional Physical Sciences degree courses. Some Universities also require it to be studied for medicine / veterinary degrees. Employers also value AS and A level Physics as they demonstrate your ability to organize information and to think logically

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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