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Physics A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

Physics is fundamental to our understanding of how the universe works and sits right at the heart of technology development. Studying physics helps you develop skills employers value – an ability to grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
Practical skills assessed in practical endorsement.
Module 2 – Foundations of physics
Physical quantities and units, Measurements, Scalars
and vectors.
Module 3 – Forces and motion
Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power,
Materials, Momentum.
Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance,
Electrical circuits, Waves, Quantum physics.
Module 5 – Newtonian world and
astrophysics
Thermal physics, Circular motion, Oscillations,
Gravitational fields, Astrophysics and cosmology.
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
Capacitors, Electric fields, Magnetic fields and
electromagnetism, Nuclear and particle physics,
Medical imaging.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 4 including English at Grade 5 and Mathematics at Grade 7. Grade 7-6 required if combined science is taken at GCSE. Grade 6 in GCSE Physics required if you have done separate science.

Assessment

Linear A-Level:
There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Modelling physics (2 hours 15
minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Exploring physics (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, and unified physics (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6.

Within A-Level Physics, 40% of the marks available within written examinations will be for assessment of mathematics.

Future opportunities

The A-Level Physics course will prepare you for progression to undergraduate study, enabling you to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in astronomy, armed forces and defence solutions, engineering, medicine, meteorology and climate change, nanotechnology, oil and gas, renewable energy, scientific research, space exploration
industries, telecommunications and research and education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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