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Physics A Level at St John's Marlborough

Course description

Physics (from the Greek, φυσικός (phusikos), "natural", and φύσις (phusis) "nature", is the science of nature in the broadest sense. Also known as natural philosophy, physics involves the study of matter and energy, ranging from the sub-atomic particles through to the universe as a whole.

Physics is a course for students interested in understanding how things work and why they are as they are; who have wondered why the sky is blue, how the universe is evolving, and what are the fundamental forces and particles of nature, making up all things.

Within Physics students learn to apply knowledge and understanding of the world around them to a whole variety of situations, extending their capacity to problem solve and to think in a logical manner as they do so. These skills can then be applied to other subjects as well as to life in general.

Course content

The course follows the AQA Physics A syllabus.

Paper 1:

Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and materials, Electricity and Periodic Motion.

Paper 2:

Thermal physics, Fields and their consequences and Nuclear Physics PLUS assumed knowledge from all topic in paper 1.

Paper 3:

Practical skills, Data analysis PLUS one option: Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics or Electronics.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Science or Physics and B or above in GCSE Maths.

Assessment

Paper 1 is assessed as a written 2 hour exam worth 85 marks or 34% of the A-level. 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 2 is assessed as a written 2 hour exam worth 85 marks or 34% of the A-level. 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 3 is assessed as a written 2 hour exam worth 80 marks or 32% of the A-level. Section A is compulsory on Practical skills and Data analysis. It contains 45 marks of short and long answer questions. Section B is the options. It contains 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

Note: There is no coursework element

Future opportunities

An A Level in Physics is a widely respected qualification with both universites and employers. University Medical departments highly regard students who have studied Physics. Other major careers include Engineering and Finance which can be amongst the most highly paid careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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