Studying A Level Physics will develop your understanding of the laws that govern the behaviours of the physical world around us, from the nuclei of atoms to the movement of stars and galaxies.
All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from music to medicine, or lasers to law – studying physics is essential.
Our course will develop your essential knowledge and understanding in physics and the applications of physics in new and changing situations. You'll develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment, and you'll appreciate how physics is used in present day society.
You will have a Personal Coach who supports and guides you through the course. You will meet with your coach for group meetings and for personal one to one meetings on a regular basis.
Exam Board: AQA
What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills inherent in GCSE Science and Mathematics. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Physics separately- the knowledge gained in double science is sufficient. The qualification integrates theory and relevant practical work, which are developed at different levels throughout the course.
You will need to be able to communicate effectively, apply learnt skills and content to unfamiliar contexts and present calculations and understanding in a clear and logical manner.
A Level Physics covers the following topics:
What will I learn?
You will develop the ability to understand abstract models and use them to solve problems in real life, skills that are highly regarded by many kinds of employers. You will develop the practical skills necessary to carry out experiments and how to analyse and evaluate the results. You will become able to write clearly and precisely using appropriate technical vocabulary.
How will I be assessed?
You will sit school assessments at the end of each half-term to monitor you progress and an AS exam in the summer of year 12.
In June, Year 13 you will sit your external examinations. The exams will comprise of:
Paper 1: 1.5 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level
Paper 2: 1.5 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level
Paper 3: 1.5 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A Level
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