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Physics A-Level at Kendrick Academy

Course description

The Physics department aims to introduce students to the wonders of the natural world from the very small to the very large, from every day phenomena to the exotic, from simple to complex. The aim is to make this world more accessible and understood and to allow students to enjoy the experiments, expand their thinking, and be amazed at how the laws of physics make the physical world behave. We aim to help students to realise that ‘Physics is Fun’ rather than the popular perception that Physics is hard. A-Level Physics is suitable for students who have followed a GCSE Double Award course or a GCSE Separate Science Physics course.

The word ‘physics’ means ‘nature’ and thus physics, in the original sense of the word, means study of nature and the world in which we live. Physics thus occupies a central position in science and is concerned with the whole range of natural phenomena from the study of sub-nuclear particles to the structure of the universe. In addition, the wide practical applications of Physics mean that it has immediate relevance to modern technological developments. The Physicist thus has a vital role to play in extending our knowledge of nature and in helping to develop our technology further.

Course content

Costs: Students will be provided with one general Advanced level textbook and one Edexcel AS textbook based on the old specification. It will be recommended that students purchase a textbook written for the new specification once these are published – they will be advised on which will be most useful.

AS: Mechanics, Electric circuits, Materials Waves and particle nature of light, experimental physics

A2: Electric & magnetic fields, further mechanics, particle physics, thermal physics, nuclear physics, cosmology, experimental physics.

Assessment

Core Physics I: 8PH0/01 50%, Core Physics II: 8PHP/02 50%

Advanced Physics I: 9PHO/01 30%, Advanced Physics: 2 9PHO/02 30%, General and Practical principles in Physics: 9PHO/03 40%

Future opportunities

Physics is an exciting, challenging subject and the topics offered in Physics provide an ideal training for your future. The ideas and techniques developed during your study of Physics will be invaluable in a wide variety of degrees, including medicine and engineering. Physics is considered a good ‘thinking’ subject and is well respected as an entry qualification for many careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendrick Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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