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Physics - A Level at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

What does the course aim to do?

To stimulate interest and derive enjoyment and a sense of achievement from the study of Physics; to appreciate the way in which Physics is used in everyday life to solve practical problems and to develop the ability to use some of the main instruments and techniques of experimental Physics; to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations and to communicate scientific ideas logically and concisely.

How will I study?

Practical work is an integral part of the course which will be used to develop and reinforce both theoretical concepts and practical skills. New concepts will be explained and discussed in lesson time and you will be expected to show your understanding by carrying out both mathematical and qualitative problem solving exercises. There will also be a note taking and research element to the course.

Course content

You will be following the Eduqas specification.

Component 1 — Newtonian Physics

Including: mechanics and energy; circular motion and vibrations; kinetic theory and thermal physics.

Component 2 — Electricity and the Universe

Including: electrical circuits and capacitance; electrostatic and gravitational fields; stars, orbits and the wider universe.

Component 3 – Light, nuclei and options

Including: – waves, photons and lasers; nuclear physics; electromagnetism; medical physics.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

Grade B Additional Science or Grade B Physics plus Grade 6 Mathematics . Not Additional Applied or BTEC Science

Assessment

3 written papers

Component 1 – 2 ¼ hours

Component 2 – 2 hours

Component 3 – 2 ¼ hours

Practical Endorsement

Throughout the 2 year course you will carry out 24 mandatory practical tasks. You will be assessed against 5 competencies and your teacher will decide whether you have met the required standard.

Future opportunities

This subject is essential if you are going on to study Physics or (normally) any form of Engineering, and also very useful for those who may choose Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Architecture and other applied sciences. An A Level in Physics is also very acceptable as an entry qualification to many other degree courses and careers.

Further information

Am I suited to this subject?

It is strongly recommended that you are proficient in Mathematics to a GCSE Grade B standard. Studying A level Mathematics will be advantageous. You should expect to work hard at all times and to be willing to undertake extra reading in order to obtain a wide understanding of the subject. The ability to think clearly and logically is developed throughout the course.

What will I need to do myself?

Approximately 3 hours’ homework will be set per week. This may include problem solving exercises, writing up practical work, research, note writing and background reading.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Physics?

Studying Physics at Canon Slade will enable you to work in partnership with highly qualified, experienced teachers and well motivated students in order to achieve the high grades required to pursue careers in Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Architecture and many other areas. The department encourages students to take part in courses and events run by the local universities and the Institute of Physics, to broaden their understanding of the relevance of Physics and the varied expertise of the staff, including Astrophysics, Medical Imaging and Electronics, will allow you to develop your own interests further. To develop practical and problem solving skills we set in class challenges and annually enter teams in the Physics Olympics, where we have won both gold and silver medals and the Technology Challenge which allows students to gain their Silver Crest Award. This varied and exciting approach has led to many of our students gaining places at the country’s most respected universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Additional information from Miss P A Tagg  

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

For more information about this course contact us directly on 01204 333343

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2016
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