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Physics at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School

Course description

Why study Physics?

Physicists are at the forefront of modern technology. Throughout history, physics has solved problems and moved humanity forward. Even if you don’t want to work as a physicist though, Physics teaches you the analytical and problem solving skills you need to access many other high flying careers such as medicine, engineering, law and finance.

What will I learn about?

The Physics course is divided into 6 modules:

Module 1 –Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 –Foundations of physics –the building blocks of physics looking and quantities and measurements.

Module 3 –Forces and motion –Exploring the movement of objects and the behaviour of materials.

Module 4 –Electrons, waves and photons –Looking at electricity and the movement of energy as waves. An introduction to the fascinating quantum world.

Module 5 –Newtonian world and astrophysics - Orbits and circular motion are investigated. Momentum and Newton’s Laws are tested for different objects. Gravitational fields, SHM and thermal physics are also considered. The structure of the universe, astronomical distances, modern cosmology, the evolution and future of the universe are explored.

Module 6 –Particles and medical physics –Further investigation of electricity and investigation of X rays, ultrasound, MRI and PET scanning.

How will I be assessed?

AS –2 written exams; Breadth in Physics (1hr 30) and Depth in Physics (1hr 30). Both exams assess content from topics 1-4.

A2 –3 written exams; Modelling Physics (2h 15), Exploring Physics (2h 15) and Unified Physics (1h 30). Each exam covers work from a variety of modules, including the practical element. An additional endorsement of Practical Skills will be reported separately.

Pathways to future careers/ courses

Physics results are used to differentiate between high calibre students by top universities, medical and veterinary colleges. It is an ideal subject for the Armed Forces, Engineering, Chemists, Mathematics, Airline Pilots & Accountants. The knowledge that Physics is a high calibre A level also makes students desirable to all areas of industry and commerce.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Core Science B, Additional Science B (or Triple Science 2 x Bs), English B and Maths B.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years