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Physics A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Physics?
Physics is really about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. Physicists ask really big questions like: “How did the universe begin?” and “What are the basic building blocks of matter?” But Physics doesn’t just deal with theoretical concepts - it’s applied everywhere, including the development of sustainable forms of energy, treating cancer through radiotherapy,  diagnosing illness through various types of imaging, developing computer games and designing sports equipment. You will already have come across some of the concepts of physics at GCSE such as forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A Level you will begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies.

Making observations enables you to uncover the relationships between quantities in physics. Your practical skills will be developed through carrying out experiments. You will learn to understand the importance of the estimation of physical quantities and appreciate the limitations of measurements. If you are going to understand physics, you will also need to get to grips with a certain amount of mathematics and so choosing to study A Level Mathematics alongside Physics is highly recommended. You will be given the opportunity to take part in enrichment opportunities including our annual trip to CERN in Geneva.

What will I study?

  • Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity
  • Mechanics, materials and waves
  • Practical investigations
  • Fields and further mechanics
  • Nuclear physics, thermal physics and an optional topic

What can I study it with?
As an academic subject Physics can be studied alongside any other subject offered in the Sixth Form. However, it combines very well with Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Engineering.

Career opportunities
Physics develops skills that provide an excellent basis for a wide range of careers and university courses. It is essential (with Mathematics) for entry to Physics or Engineering degree courses. More generally it can also lead towards careers in finance, law and architecture and many others requiring high level reasoning and numeracy skills.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in Mathematics and Grade B in Physics or Science & Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September