Physics A Level at Arnold Hill Academy
Why study this course?
The course is very modern. The practical applications considered include: planetary and satellite orbits, capacitors and their charge and discharge through resistors, and electromagnetic induction, motors and generators. Taught units include: ‘Particles and radiation’ where students learn about the fundamental nature of matter including the work at CERN. ‘Nuclear physics’, which links the properties of the nucleus to the production of nuclear power and famous E=mc2 equation. We will also study an option which is yet to be decided but might be astrophysics, medical physics or special relativity.
What support and enrichment will I get?
Students are offered ‘Maths for Physics’ tutorials if they feel additional support is required. We also run lunchtime coursework clinics and various after school revision sessions closer to the exam. We endeavour to show students Physics in practice as much as possible and previous visits have included CERN (particle accelerator in Geneva), Daresbury (particle accelerator in Cheshire), the materials departments at Nottingham and Loughborough Universities (so students can carry out large scale experiments), the magnetic resonance centre at Nottingham (to get our brains scanned) and the London Science Museum.
In addition to the standard entry requirements for the Sixth Form, students should have gained a B grade in the Further Physics exam and a minimum GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics; A grade in the Additional Physics exam and a minimum GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics.
Physics applications, like the career opportunities, are extremely varied. Employers today actively seek out people who can prove their ability to think logically, understand complex ideas and apply them to the real world. Some physicists tackle the application of physical ideas to industrial and engineering problems. Physics graduates also find employment in Medicine, Computing and Finance.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.