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Physics A level at Stratford upon Avon School

Course description

When you decide to study Physics with us at Stratford Upon Avon School you will be committing to discovering not only the fundamental underpinning reasons for every aspect of how our universe functions but also to developing a method of thinking, questioning and problem solving that will allow you to continue pushing your understanding of the physical world long after you’ve stopped directly studying.

Course content

1 Measurements and their errors 2 Particles and radiation 3 Waves 4 Mechanics and materials 5 Electricity 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics 7 Fields and their consequences 8 Nuclear physics 9 Astrophysics.

Assessment

Regular in-lesson micro assessment to ensure that any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge can be dealt with swiftly to allow our students to maximise their learning potential • Semi-regular short assessments per topic (In the region of one every 2 to 3 weeks) allow our students regular practice at applying their learning to exam scenarios and receive individual feedback and time to act on this • Less frequent longer exam style assessments to prepare students for the reality of terminal examinations.

Future opportunities

Traditionally Physics is strongly associated with Mathematics; there is a definite benefit to studying both; the skillset and problem solving techniques have a significant overlap with those in Physics. However, although beneficial there is no need to study Mathematics if you wish to continue with Physics – our teachers will be aware of the other subjects their students cover and will ensure the mathematical tools required to study Physics are explicitly taught at an appropriate level. Although content between the courses is quite divergent there is an overlap between Physics, Biology and Chemistry. The subjects share common experimental working practices, developing an ability to pose scientific questions and apply abstract scientific law to explain everyday phenomena. Studying multiple sciences will only help to improve and build on these skillsets. There is no hiding from the fact that A level Physics is hard, you will have to learn to put aside everyday common sense notions and accept mind-bending ideas that are completely counter intuitive. You will need to use some quite sophisticated mathematics to describe these ideas. However, although Physics is one of the hardest A levels it is also one of the most respected by universities and potential employers. An A level in Physics would be respected and valued in any future path way but would have particular relevance to; Studying medicine, studying law, engineering apprenticeships, science degrees, research scientists, journalism & broadcasting, energy industry, electrical, lighting & sound engineer and medical physicist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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