Physics helps us to appreciate some of the simple and elegant rules which nature appears to follow. It develops our understanding of the behaviour of extremely large objects (like stars and galaxies) to indescribably small ones such as quarks and leptons. You will need a logical mind and be able to study independently. If you like problem solving then you will enjoy studying Physics…. It’s exciting!
In year 12, mechanics is introduced as the mathematics behind motion; electricity includes the understanding and application of electrical circuits; the materials topic investigates the science behind solids and fluids and provides a background to industry and engineering. Waves provides an introduction to the exciting subject of quantum mechanics.
Year 13 builds on concepts from year 12 and introduces new topics such as nuclear physics, astrophysics, fundamental particles and thermodynamics.
A minimum of five GCSEs (two at grade 6 and three at grade 4).
- GCSE English at minimum of grade 4.
- Desired G-Score of at least 6.0
- A grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
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Physics is a challenging and rewarding A Level which is highly thought of by universities and employers. It is essential for university study in physics, astrophysics, aeronautical engineering, electronic and mechanical engineering. Physics is also highly desirable for many other degree courses such as mathematics, sciences, medicine, computing and architecture and sport.
In year 12 there are 5 topics which include mathematical skills, mechanics, materials, waves and quantum mechanics, electricity. In year 13 students are introduced to electrical and gravitational fields, thermodynamics, nuclear physics and space.
Internally marked assessments are given throughout the course to consolidate knowledge. These are in the form of end of topic tests and the college wide official progress assessments.
External assessment is in the form of three examinations at the end of year 2.
There is no externally marked coursework but there are 16 compulsory practical investigations that are carried out throughout the course. These are assessed within the examinations.
This is a linear course so all examinations are in year 2.
These consist of three papers. Paper 1 is worth 30%, paper 2 is worth 30% and paper 3 is worth 40%.