How is the course delivered?
Mainly laboratory based learning
Is this course suitable for me?
Yes if you have enjoyed the Physics you have studied at GCSE and would like to develop your knowledge further.
Is there anything else I can do before I start the course?
You should have studied Science to Intermediate level by taking either double Award Science GCSE or GNVQ Intermediate. You may have taken Physics as a separate subject at GCSE.
What are the mandatory modules or units?
(What will I have to study?)
• Forces and Motion (scalars and vectors, statics, kinematics, forces in action, work, energy and power, material properties, Newton’s Laws of motion and momentum)
•Electrons, Waves and Photons (charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, wave properties and examples and uses of waves. quantum physics, photoelectric effect and wave-particle duality)
• Development of practical skills in Physics
Year 13: Year 12 content plus the following:
• Newtonian World and Astrophysics (thermal physics – properties of solids liquids and gases, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields and astrophysics, Big Bang theory and the possible futures of the Universe)
• Particles and Medical Physics (capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics – sub atomic particle theories and radioactivity, medical imaging techniques including x-ray, ultrasound)
• Practical Skills in Physics
What materials do I have to provide?
All class notes should be organised into topic files. You will need to purchase a textbook at the start of the course – Approximate cost £20
What can I do after this course?
AS / A2 Physics can lead to a wide range of degree courses in science, engineering or research.
What careers would this course be useful for?
A wide range of careers including engineering – mechanical, chemical, civil, aeronautical, electrical and apprenticeships, nursing, sports science, physiotherapy, radiology, maths, medicine, medical physics, architecture, or non-science based careers such as apprenticeships, economics or accountancy.
Who can I contact for more information?
Mrs E Jepson – Head of Physics