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Physics

Course Type:

Linear

Exam Board:

Requirements:

A* or A in Core and Additional Science or Physics.
A* or A in Maths 
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

The course has been developed for a study of Physics after GCSE and is designed to help you:  
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society 

What will I learn? 

  •  Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics: practical skills assessed in a written examination and in practical endorsement   
  •  Module 2 – Foundations of physics: physical quantities and units, measurements, scalars and vectors   
  •  Module 3 – Forces and motion; forces in action; work, energy and power; materials; momentum   
  •  Module 4 – electrons, waves and photons; charge and current energy, power and resistance; electrical circuits , waves; quantum physics   
  •  Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics; thermal physics; circular motion; oscillations; gravitational fields; astrophysics and cosmology   
  •  Module 6 – particles and medical physics; capacitors; electric fields; magnetic fields and electromagnetism; nuclear and particle physics; medical imaging   

Highlights 

  • You will attend a particle physics master-class at Warwick University where you will work alongside undergraduates using bespoke simulations to allow you to interpret the data collected in current particle accelerator research. 

Future Opportunities 

  •  Physics A-level supports a very wide range of future study and careers. If you want a career in business, the media, science, or a host of other fields, Physics can help.
  •  There are over 700 courses available in Physics and applied Physics, often combined with other subjects such as Biomedical Engineering, Marketing or Philosophy.
  •  In the last few years students have gone on to follow university courses in:  
    Architecture, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Radiography, Sound Recording, Sports Science, Veterinary Science and Zoology to name a few!  
  •  The study of Physics at Advanced Subsidiary GCE (AS) and Advanced GCE (A-level) should also be seen as making a contribution towards life-long learning and an understanding of technological advances and their impact on modern day society.