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Physics at Beechwood Sacred Heart School

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What kind of student would enjoy this course?

If you are attracted to the idea that a very small number of theories can help explain and predict what will happen in a huge range of situations you will enjoy A-Level Physics. Grade B GCSE in Mathematics and Physics or Science & Additional Science or equivalent are required for this course.

What will I study?

The A-Level Physics course builds upon the areas of study introduced at GCSE: Forces, Waves, Electricity and Radioactivity. The subject content is relevant to the real world, aiming to nurture a passion for Physics as well as lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering. You will have many opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality.

Year 12 AS:

Measurements and their errors (analysis and evaluation of practical work); Particles & radiation; Waves; Mechanics & materials; Electricity.

Year 13 A-Level:

Further Mechanics & Thermal Physics; Fields & their consequences; Nuclear Physics. Plus a choice from the following: Astrophysics; Medical Physics; Engineering Physics; Turning points in Physics; Electronics. Understanding and interpretation of practical work are assessed within the written exams accounting for 15% of the total marks. Practical skills are internally assessed and indicated as a pass on the certificate. The AS and A-Level are stand-alone qualifications with A-Level grades based on exam results received at the end of the course.

What skills will I learn?

You will develop your thinking skills and imagination as well as your ability to calculate and estimate. You will also become adept at working with a wide range of apparatus and at drawing meaningful conclusions from data.

What could I do at the end of my course?

A-Level Physics provides an excellent foundation for studying sciences, medicine and engineering at university; it is also good preparation for courses such as finance, law and business.

Further information

**Please DO NOT try to apply via UCAS Progress as your application may not be received**

To apply to Beechwood Sacred Heart School, please contact the registrar.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechwood Sacred Heart School directly.

Last updated date: 03 December 2015
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    • Founded in 1915, it is situated on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells in 23 acres of beautiful grounds. Handsome buildings and very good modern facilities. A friendly, family school which has all the advantages of being small. Beechwood is a co-educational day and boarding school with an equal balnace of boys and girls. It is a Roman Catholic foundation which welcomes all denominations. An excellent, broad general curriculum is provided and examination results and value added measures are strong given the non-selective intake of the school. A good range of sport, games, societies and clubs. Strong commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Full use is made of the cultural amenities of the town and of London.