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Physics at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

A Level Physics will allow you to appreciate how Fundamental Science works and to study optional topics including Astrophysics, Medical Physics or Applied Physics. A Level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE. Particle physics introduces you to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena.

The principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves are also studied. This course is a foundation for studying a variety of subjects at university including: Engineering, Optometry, Radiography, Medicine, and Physics. Physics is also useful for those who want careers in Engineering, Electronics, Meteorology, Astronomy, Space Exploration and Nanotechnology industries. Some of you may even choose to become teachers of Physics!

Skills Needed

A good aptitude in Maths is essential. The ability to solve problems is also necessary for success on this course.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Measurements and errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and materials, Electricity.

Year 2

Unit 2: Further mechanics, Thermal physics, Fields and consequences, Nuclear physics, Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering and turning points.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English

Grade B in both Core Science in GCSE and Additional Science GCSE

GCSE Grade B Maths GCSE

You will also need to study either Core Maths or A Level Maths to study A Level Physics due to the demanding mathematical requirements of this course.

Assessment

Year 1

Paper 1 - 50% of AS-level. 1hr 30min written exam made of short and long answer questions (70 marks).

Paper 2 - 50% of AS-level. 1hr 30min written exam split into 3 sections (70 marks).

Section A 20 marks of questions on practical skills and data analysis Section B 20 marks of short and longer answer questions testing subject content and Section C 30 marks of multiple choice questions.

Year 2

Paper 1 - 34% of A level. 2 hr written exam made of short and long answer questions (60 marks) and multiple choice questions (25 marks)

Paper 2 - 34% of A level. 2 hr written exam made of short and long answer questions (60 marks), multiple choice questions (25 marks)

Paper 3 - 32% of A level. Section A; mixture of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis (45 marks).

Section B; mixture of short and long on an optional topic (35 marks)

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

Students are given mentoring opportunities from students at local universities and can attend master classes and Taster Days to enrich their learning of Physics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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