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Physics A Level (Linear) at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School

Course description

Core Content  
1. Measurements and their errors – Please note that the practical skills in physics will be assessed in 15% of the written examinations
2. Particles and radiation
3. Waves
4. Mechanics and materials
5. Electricity
6. Further mechanics and Thermal physics
7. Fields and their consequences
8. Nuclear physics

Optional Content  
1. Astrophysics
2. Medical Physics
3. Engineering Physics
4. Turing points in Physics
5. Electronics

Entry requirements

A-level Physics suits hard working students, with a very curious mind and a desire to solve problems. Students studying A-level Physics will relish the challenge that difficult concepts will present. They will have a passion for practical work and they will be skilled at collecting sound results that they can analyse to draw conclusions. Students will be interested in Physics discoveries and will love reading around the subject. Students may aspire to study Physics and Engineering at University.

The study of A level Mathematics is essential for students studying A level Physics.

- APS 5.5+

- 6+ in at least 2 sciences at GCSE, including those to be studied at A level

Assessment

Paper 1 (34%) written exam: 2 hours
• Core content sections 1 to 6
• 60 marks available for short and long answer questions
• 25 marks available for multiple choice questions

Paper 2 (34%) written exam: 2 hours
• Core content sections 6 to 8
• 60 marks available for short and long answer questions
• 25 marks available for multiple choice questions

Paper 3 (32%) written exam: 2 hours
• Section A: Practical skills and data analysis
• Section B: Students enter for one of the optional content topics
• 80 marks available for short and long answer questions

Future opportunities

Physics is a highly regarded A-level. Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell group universities consider Physics as a facilitating subject. A-level Physics can lead to careers in: Engineering, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Medicine, Food Science, Forensic Science, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics, Cosmology and Geophysics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bennett Memorial Diocesan School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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