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Physics at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

Students study modern physics in a context relevant to everyday life and to careers in the subject. Topics include The Sound of Music, Technology in Space, Higher Faster Stronger, Good Enough to Eat, Digging Up the Past and Spare Part Surgery. During the year students complete three units that develop the work done in KS4; Unit 1 involves the study of mechanics that includes rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power; materials that include flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young’s modulus and elastic strain energy. Unit 2 involves the study of waves including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and standing (stationary) waves; electricity that includes current and resistance, Ohm’s law and nonohmic materials, potential dividers, emf and internal resistance of cells, and negative temperature coefficient thermistors and the wave/particle nature of light. Where possible these topics are related to real life situations found in areas such as physical engineering, electrical engineering, car design and the physics of the human body. Unit 3 requires the students to do a case study on the use of an area of physics and then complete an experiment related to their research. The skills required are developed during the teaching of units 1 and 2. Units 1 and 2 are each assessed by a 1 hour 20 minute examination. Unit 1 is taken in January and Unit 2 is taken in June. Each examination is worth 40% of the AS grade. Unit 3 is assessed by the quality of the case study and experimental write up. It is marked externally by the examination board. This mark makes up the final 20 % of the AS grade.

Future opportunities

Occupations that value the skills taught in this subject include Food Technology, Music Technology, Medicine, Sports Science, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Business. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physics, which could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher edu

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years