Physics AS and A level at Stowmarket High School
Unlike the other sciences, physics has no limits – everything in your life, on this planet, other planets, to the far reaches of universe and beyond is in physics’ job description.
We’d be a bit lost without physics. All the gadgets that we take for granted like laptops and mobile phones wouldn’t be here. Nor would the electricity supply that charges them and powers so many other things we use every day. Did you know that a physicist invented the World Wide Web? It’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet, but when you were born almost no one had heard of it. Physicists are constantly finding new things. They have recently shown that teleportation is possible – who knows what that will lead to in a few years’ time?
Physics also deals with the big questions: How do we search for aliens? Are there parallel universes? Will we ever travel back in time? Why do we always find the smallest bits of cereal at the bottom of the packet?
AS Level Physics builds on those areas you have already met at GCSE. A mixture of practical work and problems are used to enhance your understanding of familiar topics to new depths. How is it that some elements conduct while others do not? Is light a particle or a wave? How do people work out the age of objects through “carbon dating”?
The four AS units provide a smooth link between GCSE and advanced physics thinking.
Students will study:-
Module 1: Development of practical skills
Module 2: Foundations of Physics.
Module 3: Forces and Motion.
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
If students only want to gain an AS in Physics then they would sit two exams at the end of Y12. If students wish to go on and study an A level in Physics they would need to study two further modules in:-
Module 5: Newtonian world and Astrophysics.
Module 6: Particles and medical physics.
To gain an A level students would need to sit 3 exams at the end of Y13 which will examine the content of all of the above modules.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowmarket High School directly.