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Physics (A Level) at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

Physics is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy.  It is a fundamental science that underpins our understanding of everything from the incredibly tiny to the astronomically large.  Physics is concerned with fundamental questions such as: How did the Universe begin?  What is the Universe made of?  What rules govern the behaviour of matter and energy?  Modern technology is based on the discoveries and research of physicists. 

 

A-Level physics can prepare you for a suite of careers, including research scientist, medicine, engineering, rocket scientist, nuclear technician, nanotechnologist, particle physicist, architect and many more

Course content

The course is split into 6 modules:

  • Development of practical skills in physics
  • Fundamental data analysis
  • Physics in action
  • Understanding the process
  • Rise and fall of the clockwork universe
  • Field and particle

 

 

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 – 4 or equivalent to include English & Maths. Also required is Science at Grade 6 or above.

Assessment

This is a 2 year course.

 

3 terminal exams (in year 13)

  • Fundamentals of Physics: 110 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes written paper.   Counts for 41% of total A level.
  • Scientific literacy in physics: 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes written paper.   Counts for 37% of total A level.
  • Practical skills in physics: 60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written paper.   Counts for 22% of total A level.

 

The first two exams cover specific modules of the course in a lot of depth.   The third exam covers the entire course, but in less depth.

 

There are also the practical assessments (Practical Endorsement in physics) which are not exam based and count separately to the A level.

Future opportunities

A-Level Physics can lead to vocational and university courses and/or prepare you for a suite of careers, including research scientist, medicine, engineering, rocket scientist, nuclear technician, nanotechnologist, particle physicist, architect and many more.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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