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Physics A Level at Skipton Girls' High School

Course description

Is this course for me?

Take Physics because you like understanding how the world works, you like to think and solve practical problems, you enjoy practical work, you are comfortable with maths and equations and you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work!

Course content

AS Qualification Structure:

This is a linear qualification with students sitting AS exams at the end of their AS course. There are two 1 ½ hour papers with a mixture of short and long answer questions and multiple choice questions. Papers will also assess knowledge of practical skills, built on the 6 required practicals that will be carried out over the course, assessed internally by teachers.

Core Content
  • 1 Measurements and their errors
  • 2 Particles and radiation
  • 3 Waves
  • 4 Mechanics and materials
  • 5 Electricity
A Level Qualification Structure:

This is a linear qualification with students sitting exams at the end of the two year course through the completion of three two-hour exams. Questions papers are of a similar format to AS, with a mixture of long, short and multiple choice questions. 15% of the marks in paper three will be assessing practical knowledge, with an internally assessed practical endorsement from teachers after completion of 12 required practicals over the course.

Core Content

Sections 1-5 from first year, assessed at A Level standard

  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences
  • 8 Nuclear physics
Options – one option taken from below (TBC)
  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Physics or Additional Science and GCSE Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Students who have studied Physics often go on into careers such as engineering, finance, scientific research and many more. Students considering oversubscribed courses such as Medicine and Veterinary Science often choose Physics to demonstrate their calibre and set themselves apart from the rest of the field! They are seen by employers to have exceptional problem solving skills, the ability to work in a logical manner and are able to work to a high standard.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Skipton Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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