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Physics A-Level *FEES PAYABLE* at St Mary's Senior School

Course description

The A Level Physics course is designed to answer those questions about how the world works on both a macro and a micro level. As in the words of Confucius, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”, the course is based on practical work and investigation. All girls who take the course will be expected to participate in practical work and there will be a practical endorsement element to the final assessment. The specifications for September 2015 are still in draft form but it is anticipated that the A Level content will include: • Mechanics and Materials • Electric Circuits and Wave/Particle Duality • Electric, Magnetic and Gravitational Fields • Nuclear Physics • Fundamental particles • Thermal Physics • Practical skills: measurement, error and data analysis. Currently, assessment of the course is likely to consist of papers of approximately 2 hours in length each for A Level and two papers of 1½ hours at AS. Each of the papers will cover the entire course; there will be a mixture of multiple choice, short and long questions. Physicists typically have excellent numerical, practical and analytical skills, which are valuable for any university course or career. The course is challenging and students should already be competent in both Physics and Mathematics, as well as being prepared to work hard. Students wishing to pursue Physics or Engineering at university are advised to include Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics among their A Level subjects. Aspiring medics must take at least two Sciences but, for some university courses, three Sciences and Mathematics make a stronger application. Career paths include Physics-based industries, such as medical imaging, aerospace, artificial intelligence and satellite technology, but there are other industries where physicists play an important role, such as management, meteorology, veterinary medicine, design and broadcasting - to name a few. An A Level in Physics is also a respected and valuable qualification for many nonscientific courses and careers.

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will achieve an A Grade at GCSE in the subjects that you wish to continue to AS Level.

If you are joining us for Sixth Form from another school we require that you achieve at least six A Grades and above at GCSE Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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