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Physics at St Wilfrids Catholic High School

Course description

The A Level is made up of nine sections of content. The first five sections are addressed during Year 12 and are identical to those needed for the AS level. AS topics cover: Measurement and their Errors; Particles and Radiation; Waves; Mechanics and Materials; Electricity.

The last four sections of content of the A level are delivered in Year13 and cover topics of:

Further Physics and Thermal Physics; Fields and their consequences; Nuclear Physics and one Option topic.

 

 

Course content

The A Level is made up of nine sections of content. The first five sections are addressed during Year 12 and are identical to those needed for the AS level. AS topics cover: Measurement and their Errors; Particles and Radiation; Waves; Mechanics and Materials; Electricity.

The last four sections of content of the A level are delivered in Year13 and cover topics of:

Further Physics and Thermal Physics; Fields and their consequences; Nuclear Physics and one Option topic.

 

 

Entry requirements

  • Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Physics (or grade 6 in both Physics papers of Combined Science).

  • Minimum grade 5 for GCSE English Language.

  • Minimum grade 7 or above for GCSE Maths.

  • Minimum average GCSE Points Score of 5.8 or above.

It is preferable that candidates are also undertaking A level Maths and at least one other Science at A level. If candidates are not taking A level Maths then they may be required to attend additional “Maths for A level Sciences” lessons.

 

Assessment

You’ll be taught in classroom sessions using a wide range of teaching and learning methods, including required internally assessed practical activities. This course is examined by a total of three written external exams at the end of Y13. In addition to the A level grade, students will be given a practical certificate endorsement if they are successful in meeting the required standard in assessed practical activities.

Students will also sit an internal assessment at the end of Y12 as a "health check" to judge progress.

 

Financial information

Physics department will provide you with a Physics logbook and textbook for a refundable deposit of £5.  You will also ahve access to a large variety of resources on the VLE, including course notes and past papers (which you will be expected to print off).

You will be expected to provide your own scientific calculator (preferably CASIO) and revision guide to accompany the course, the latter can be purchased fromt he Science department for £5.

Future opportunities

In regard to “keeping your options open”, studying A-levels Physics is considered highly, along with Maths, in helping develop essential skills for studying many different degrees.

Studying A level Physics can help access many Higher Education courses at university departments in Physics and other Physical Science, as well as:

Engineering courses.

Apprenticeships in a variety of technology and engineering fields.

Careers in medical imaging and radiotherapy.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 July 2017
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