A Level Physics
What does the course aim to do?
To stimulate interest and derive enjoyment and a sense of achievement from the study of Physics; to appreciate the way in which Physics is used in everyday life to solve practical problems and to develop the ability to use some of the main instruments and techniques of experimental Physics; to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations and to communicate scientific ideas logically and concisely.
What will I be studying?
You will be following the Eduqas specification.
Component 1 — Newtonian Physics
Including: mechanics and energy; circular motion and vibrations; kinetic theory and thermal physics.
Component 2 — Electricity and the Universe
Including: electrical circuits and capacitance; electrostatic and gravitational fields; stars, orbits and the wider universe.
Component 3 – Light, nuclei and options
Including: – waves, photons and lasers; nuclear physics; electromagnetism; medical physics.
How will I be assessed?
3 written papers
Component 1 – 2 ¼ hours
Component 2 – 2 hours
Component 3 – 2 ¼ hours
Throughout the 2 year course you will carry out 24 mandatory practical tasks. You will be assessed against 5 competencies and your teacher will decide whether you have met the required standard.
Am I suited to this subject?
Studying A level Mathematics will be advantageous.
You should expect to work hard at all times and to be willing to undertake extra reading in order to obtain a wide understanding of the subject. The ability to think clearly and logically is developed throughout the course.
Where will it lead in the future?
This subject is essential if you are going on to study Physics or (normally) any form of Engineering, and also very useful for those who may choose Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Architecture and other applied sciences. An A Level in Physics is also very acceptable as an entry qualification to many other degree courses and careers.
How will I study?
Practical work is an integral part of the course which will be used to develop and reinforce both theoretical concepts and practical skills. New concepts will be explained and discussed in lesson time and you will be expected to show your understanding by carrying out both mathematical and qualitative problem solving exercises. There will also be a note taking and research element to the course.
What will I need to do myself?
Approximately 3 hours’ homework will be set per week. This may include problem solving exercises, writing up practical work, research, note writing and background reading.
Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Physics?
Studying Physics at Canon Slade will enable you to work in partnership with highly qualified, experienced teachers and well motivated students in order to achieve the high grades required to pursue careers in Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Architecture and many other areas. The department encourages students to take part in courses and events run by the local universities and the Institute of Physics, to broaden their understanding of the relevance of Physics and the varied expertise of the staff, including Astrophysics, Medical Imaging and Electronics, will allow you to develop your own interests further. To develop practical and problem solving skills we set in class challenges and annually enter teams in the Physics Olympics, where we have won both gold and silver medals and the Technology Challenge which allows students to gain their Silver Crest Award. This varied and exciting approach has led to many of our students gaining places at the country’s most respected universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
Additional information from Miss P A Tagg