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Physics A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

The course aims to stimulate interest, enjoyment and understanding of Physics, as well as a sense of achievement.
achievement. AS Physics builds on many of the applications and theories seen in Year 11 Physics and allows students to delve deeper to understand how the world works and interacts together. The AS and A2 specifications in Physics are designed to encourage candidates to:- - Develop a deep knowledge and understanding of Physics as well as the ability to apply skills and principles to new situations. - Develop an understanding of how theory is supported by experiment and vice versa. - Develop an appreciation of how Physics has developed and is used in society. - Appreciate the importance of Physics as a human endeavour which interacts on many levels with social, philosophical, economic and industrial matters. - Recognise the quantitative nature of Physics and understand how mathematical expressions relate to physical principles.

Course content

AS Level
1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and radiation
3. Waves
4. Mechanics and materials
5. Electricity

A Level
In addition to 1-5 above:
6. Further mechanics and thermal physics (A Level)
7. Fields and their consequences (A Level)
8. Nuclear physics (A Level)

Plus one unit from the following options:
9. Astrophysics
10. Medical physics
11. Engineering physics
12. Turning points in physics
13. Electronics

Entry requirements

Minimum B grade in Physics or both Sciences at GCSE.
Minimum B grade in Mathematics at GCSE


Students will be awarded a separate pass/fail endorsement of their practical skills at the end of the AS/A Level course.

2 written examinations based on Sections 1-5
Each lasting 1 hour 30 mins
Each worth 50% of AS

A Level
3 written examinations
Each lasting 2 hours

Paper 1 34% Sections 1 to 5 and part of 6

Paper 2 34% Sections 7, 8 and part of 6

Paper 3 32%
Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Based on one of the units 9 - 13

Future opportunities

The course is essential for those wishing to go on to further study and/or a career in Physics, Technology or Engineering, and important for those pursuing Chemistry, Medicine, Design and Architecture amongst others. The course will equip students with highly sought after and desirable skills which are essential and transferable to all courses at University. The Physics A-level is highly regarded by many Universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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