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A Level Physics - Option C at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

If you have an enquiring mind, enjoy a challenge, and like solving problems, then you should consider studying Physics. From the smallest part of the human body to the great clusters of galaxies, Physics helps us understand how our world works. The applications, like the career opportunities, are infinite.

Course content

What will I do during the course?

The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the subject, its applications and skills. It aims to show the link between theory and experiment and how Mathematics can be used to explain physical principles.

The A Level Physics course consists of 12 modules:

• Unit 1 – Mechanics (motion, forces, energy and power).

• Unit 2 – Electrical circuits

• Unit 3 – Materials

• Unit 4 – Waves and the particle nature of light.

• Unit 5 – Further mechanics.

• Unit 6 - Electric and magnetic fields.

• Unit 7 - Particle physics.

• Unit 8 – Thermodynamics

• Unit 9 - Space

• Unit 10 - Nuclear Radiation

• Unit 11 - Gravitational Fields

• Unit 12 – Oscillations

Practical work is an essential component of the course.

The Science Department is well resourced with equipment and the emphasis is on individual work. There are a number of set practical activities which will be included in each section of the course. These must be completed to achieve the qualification. You will be expected to apply your understanding of Physics principles to the design of experiments, realistic interpretation of results and evaluation of the methods used. You will also be encouraged to develop your IT skills and to show initiative and self-reliance in your studies.

Entry requirements

You must pass GCSE Core and Additional Science at an overall grade of AA or above, or Physics in the Triple Award at Grade A or above, plus at least one other grade A from a Triple Science subject. We may consider AB or BB at the teacher’s discretion, based on performance and effort in classwork, homework and controlled assessments. You must have GCSE Maths at Grade B or above to be able to cope with this course. You are strongly recommended to take AS or A Level Maths. We will not accept BTEC or Additional Applied Science as an appropriate entry requirement for this course.


How will I be assessed?

All assessment will take place at the end of Year 13. The assessment consists of 3 exam papers: Papers 1 and 2 are one hour 45 minutes long and will assess all 12 units from the course. Each of these papers contributes 30% to the total assessment.

The third paper lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes. It may draw on any of the topics in the specification and will include synoptic questions that may draw on 2 or more different topics. The paper will also include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practicals. This paper contributes 40% to the total A Level grade.

There is a further science practical endorsement for A Level Physics. This qualification will assess students on their use of relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills will be assessed through 12 identified practical activities within each qualification. This assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students’ certificates as either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for physics.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Employers today actively seek out people who can prove their ability to think logically, understand complex ideas and apply them to the real world. Whether you want to pursue a career in Science, Medicine, Sport, Industry, Business, Education or the Media, Physics can help give you the edge.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

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