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Physics A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

A-Level Physics offers you the opportunity to:

- Study up to date Physics: modern ideas and applications, important trends

- Develop practical and data-handling skills

- Increase your understanding of the part Mathematics plays in Physics

- Develop ‘How Science Works’ skills

- Use information and communication technology

Course content

Year 12
1. Measurements and their errors, including use of SI units and their prefixes, limitations of physical measurement, estimation of physical quantities
2. Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms
3. Waves, including progressive waves, interference, diffraction
4. Mechanics and energy, including projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion
5. Electricity, including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance

Year 13
6. Further mechanics and thermal physics, including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model
7. Fields, including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density
8. Nuclear Physics, including evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay, nuclear instability

Plus one option from:
- Astrophysics, including classification of stars by luminosity, Doppler Effect, detection of exoplanets

- Medical physics, including Physics of vision, ECG machines, x-ray imaging

- Engineering Physics, including rotational dynamics, thermodynamics and engines

- Turning points in Physics, including discovery of the electron, Einstein’s theory of special relativity

- Electronics, including discrete semiconductor devices, data communication systems

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Assessment

For the A-Level qualification the exams all come at the end of Year 13.

Exams
- The minimum total number of hours for exams is six hours for A-Level.
- 40% of the total A-Level marks require the use of Level 2 (higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills.

Practical work
- There will be no internal assessment that leads to marks that contribute towards the A-Level grades. In other words, no coursework or controlled assessment.
- Practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A-Level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding.
- A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate, otherwise it will not be reported.

Future opportunities

Students studying A-Level Physics can progress into many career areas, including:
Pure Physics
Engineering: electrical, mechanical or civil
Medical and Health Physics
Environmental Physics

Some career opportunities are accessible directly from A-Level; others require study of Physics at a higher level, such as a degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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