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Physics A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

Aims

  • To develop essential knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Physics
  • To develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • To develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • To develop interest and enthusiasm in Physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • To understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

The Physics course is split into six modules. Modules 1-4 constitute the stand alone AS Level; Modules 1-6, combined with the practical endorsement constitute the full A Level.

Course content

The A2 units revisit AS work but in greater depth. In modules 5 and 6 the focus moves onto Astrophysics, Electromagnetism and Medical Imaging. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to fulfil the Practical Skills Endorsements for Physics.

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 - Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 - Forces and motion
  • Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 - Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. Additional Science: B or Physics: B.

Assessment

Unit 1 Modelling Physics: 37% of total A Level.

Unit 2 Exploring Physics: 37% of total A Level . 

Unit 3 Unified Physics: 26% of total A Level.

Unit 4 Practical endorsement in physics: Non exam assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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