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Physics A Level at Raine's Foundation School

Course description

The course aims to:

Develop your interest in and enthusiasm for physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers in physics

Enable you to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of physics and how they relate to each other.

What will I study?

The specification is divided into topics, each containing different key concepts of physics. Once the key features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered.

The AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units, of which two are externally assessed and one is internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills. These units form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE. The Advanced GCE is made up of three mandatory units at AS and three further mandatory units at A2. Two of the AS and two of the A2 units are externally assessed. The third AS unit and the third A2 unit are internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills.

The course content is as follows:

AS Units

Unit G481: Mechanics

Three modules comprising: Motion; Forces in Action; Work and Energy

Unit G482: Electrons, Waves and Photons Five modules comprising Electric Current; Resistance; DC Circuits; Waves; Quantum Physics

Unit 483: Practical Skills in Physics 1 Tasks set by OCR and internally assessed

A2 Units

Unit G484: Newtonian World Three modules comprising Newton’s Laws and Momentum, Circular Motion and Oscillations; Thermal Physics

Unit G485: Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics Five modules comprising: Electric and Magnetic Fields; Capacitors and Exponential Decay; Nuclear Physics; Medical Imaging; Modelling the Universe

Unit G486: Practical Skills in Physics 2 Tasks set by OCR and internally assessed 

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade A* - C, one of which must be either English or Maths. Applicants must normally be predicted or have gained at least a GCSE Grade B in the subject they wish to study at this level. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raine's Foundation School directly.

Last updated date: 25 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years