Welcome to Physics
Why choose this course?
You will develop high level, employable and transferable skills in A Level Physics including: applied mathematical skills,
problem solving, communication, analytical skills, organisation, experimental skills and scientific methodology. We also offer teaching by dedicated and experienced teachers who stop at nothing to ensure that you make progress, positive relationships between staff and students and examination results which show that we are good at ‘adding value’ to students.
Course Content/Main Topics
Content is split into six teaching modules:
Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
Module 2 - Foundations of physics
Module 3 - Forces and motion
Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6 - Particles and medical physics.
Careers and Higher Education
Physics is a facilitating subject that allows access to a very wide range of university courses. A prerequisite for: Opthalmology and Aeronautical Engineering. The preferred subject for: Electronics and Engineering, A good qualification for those wishing to go on to Higher Education courses in Mathematics and Materials Science. A relevant subject for students thinking of working in, accountancy, architecture and veterinary science. The skills developed and demonstrated in Physics give the widest range of career choices in later life.
Students will be assessed in two exams in their first year. These are called Breadth and Depth papers. Each paper is 70 marks and covers all of the modules from Y12 teaching. The new design specifically requires students to recall, apply and synthesise content taught throughout the year. Each module has a set of complimentary Student Assessment Groups (PAGs), which
are the practical assessments. These require the students to successfully complete practical activities along with a set of questions. These questions could be drawing diagrams, analysing graphs or data, or simply evaluating the experiment they have just completed. The practical assessment is separate from the examination. Upon completing the course, the students will achieve a grade along with a “pass” or “fail” for their practical skills. Students will have 3 exams in Summer Y13, which will cover the content from both years (module 1-6). Modelling Physics and Exploring Physics both carry 37%, and are worth 100 marks; Unified Physics carries 26% and is worth 70 marks. PAGs which are completed in year two, only focus upon the content taught in year 2, and following the same route as year 1.
Grade 6 in double award GCSE Science or grade 6 in GCSE Physics, plus a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.
Mr C Walton
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