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AS & A Level Physics at Cleeve Park School

Course description

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

• Geophysicist/field seismologist

• Healthcare scientist, medical physics

• Higher education lecturer

• Radiation protection practitioner

• Research scientist (physical sciences)

• Scientific laboratory technician

• Secondary school teacher

• Meteorologist

• Structural engineer

• Acoustic engineer

• Product/process development scientist

• Systems developer

• Technical author.

You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

Course content

AS: AS topics of study include: Measurements and their errors/ Particles and radiation/ Waves, mechanics and energy/ Electricity

A2: A2 topics of study include:

Measurements and their errors/ Particles and radiation/ Waves, mechanics and energy/ Electricity/ Further mechanics and thermal physics / Fields / Nuclear physics

Plus one option from the following – ask your teacher which is offered at your school or college: Astrophysics/ Medical physics / Engineering physics / Turning points in physics / Electronics

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

• investigating interference and diffraction of laser light

• measuring acceleration due to gravity

• investigating systems that oscillate

• investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure

• safe use of ionising radiation

• investigating magnetic fields.

These practical’s will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in both GCSE Mathematics and English Language

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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