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Physics at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

Physics is developing the skills and understanding to make decisions about the way Physics affects your everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas of Physics including:

  • Engineering including Chemical
  • Biotechnology and medicine
  • Computing
  • Astronomy
  • Geophysics

AS or A level Physics is suitable if you:

  • Have an interest in, and enjoy physics
  • Want to find out about how things work in the physical world
  • Enjoy applying your mind to solving problems
  • Are taking A-levels in the other Sciences and/or Mathematics or other relevant courses such as Design and Technology and want to take another course that will support your studies.
  • Enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative, logical thinking
  • Want to use physics to move on to further studies in Higher Education, support other qualifications or enter physics-based employment.

A successful A-level physicist you will:

  • be an effective problem-solver.
  • be able to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing.
  • be able to handle data.
  • be able to use numeracy and ICT.

Course content

AS Units:

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum phenomena and electricity
Unit 2: Mechanics, materials and waves
Unit 3: Investigate and practical skills in AS Physics

A2 Units:

Unit 4: Fields and further mechanics
Unit 5: One of the Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D

Unit 6: Investigate and Practical skills in A2 Physics

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE Physics or GCSE Additional Science or Distinction in BTEC Science

Assessment

AS Units:

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum phenomena and electricity
Written Examination - (70 marks/12UMS)
6 or 7 structured questions (1 Hour 15 mins)
40% of the total AS marks
20% of the total A Level marks available

Unit 2: Mechanics, materials and waves
Written Examination - 70 marks/120 UMS)
6 or 7 structured questions (1 hour 15 mins)
40% of the total AS marks
20% of the total A Level marks

Unit 3: Investigate and practical skills in AS Physics
Centre marked route T - 50 marks
Practical Skills Assignment (PSA - 9 raw marks)
Investigate Skills Assignment (ISA - 41 raw marks)

A2 Units:

Unit 4: Fields and further mechanics
Written Examination - (75 marks/12UMS) 1 hour 45 mins
Section A is 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark
Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks
20% of the total A Level marks

Unit 5: One of the Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D
Written Examination - (75 marks/12UMS) 1 hour 45 mins

Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics - 40 marks
Compulsory section 4/5 structured questions

Section B: one of the following options.
Each Paper has 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks.

Options:
A - Astrophysics
B - Medical Physics
C - Applied Physics
D - Turning Points in Physics
20% of the total A Level marks (Section A 10%, Section B 10%) Available June only.

Unit 6: Investigate and Practical skills in A2 Physics
Centre Marked Route T - 50 marks
Practical Skills Assignment (PSA - 9 marks)
Investigate Skills Assignment (ISA - 41 marks)

Future opportunities

Physics leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. You could use Physics to support other qualifications or move on to further studies or employment, including:

  • A degree course such as Physics, the Sciences, Medicine, Metrology, Engineering (including Chemical Engineering) and related programmes or a BTEC Higher National (HNC and HND)
  • Employment in the area of, for example, radiography or biotechnology.

In fact, Physics is recognised as an entry qualification for a wide range of Higher Education courses and employment opportunities as a clear indication of academic ability.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gunnersbury Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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