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Physics A Level at Sirius Academy West

Course description

What will I learn?

Studying physics at Sirius Sixth Form will enable you to understand the universe
around you from the particles which make up the centre of atoms to the largest stars in the night sky.  The journey through AS physics will take you through the story of the hunt for the Higgs boson, measuring the speed of electrons, a hamster jumping off the empire state building (and surviving) and the strain on the Humber Bridge.

Moving on to A-level will cover such concepts as diverse as the forces involved in the orbits of planets and the harmonics on a guitar string.

Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity - This unit involves two contrasting topics in physics: particle physics and electricity. Through the study of these topics, you will gain an awareness of the on-going development of new ideas in physics and of the application of in-depth knowledge of well-established topics such as electricity.

Mechanics, Materials and Waves - This AS unit is about the principles and
applications of mechanics, materials and waves. The first section introduces
vectors and then develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy
from GCSE Additional Science. In addition to the above two units, you will carry out
an investigation which will contribute towards your final AS Grade.

The units in Year 13 complete the A-level and are:

Fields and Further Mechanics - The first section advances the study of momentum
and introduces circular and oscillatory motion, covering gravitation. Electric and
magnetic fields are covered, together with basic electromagnetic induction.

Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and an Optional Topic - This unit consists of
two sections. The first part of Section A ‘Nuclear and Thermal Physics’ looks at
the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei and how
energy is obtained from the nucleus. In the second part of Section A, the thermal
properties of materials and the properties and nature of gases are studied in depth.

Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths and two science GCSEs at a minimum of Grade B to be successful on the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sirius Academy West directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years