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A-Level Physics

Practical Vs Theory

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Course overview

Study topics such as the effects of excitation in nuclei, wave particle duality and Einstein’s photoelectric effect, mechanics and waves, gravitational fields including planetary motion and escape velocity, astronomical imaging systems and astrophysics.

 

What Does The Programme Include

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. You will study 14 core practical activities including: investigating interference and diffraction of laser light; measuring acceleration due to gravity; investigating systems that oscillate; investigation of the links between temperature and pressure; investigating magnetic fields; volume and pressure and the safe use of ionising radiation; and, investigating magnetic fields. You will study in a variety of ways. In science these will include: In class activities, worksheets, research, practice exam questions, practicals both assessed and not, skills assessment, lab book, tests, group work and independent study. We also organise industry visits that are relevant to your subjects and, where possible, subject specific conferences.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirement for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has its own additonal entry requirement, please see below:

Grade 6/​B or above in maths and 6/​6 in Combined Science or Grade 6/​B in maths and 6/​B in Physics plus 6/​B in Biology or Chemistry.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support. In addition, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 assessed practicals and write up all supporting information in a lab book.

Additional Information

It is recommended that you check the entry requirements for the degree courses /​career paths you are considering. It is common to need maths alongside physics. A lab coat and safety glasses are required for this course, these can be purchased from the college and will cost approximately £15 or you can use the ones we have. You will also need a scientific calculator.

You will study 3 A Level subjects, plus tutorial and career development sessions. Each subject has 6 hours per week contact time, with approximately 4 hours of independent study. 

Unfortunately we cannot accpet students who only want to study a single A Level subject due to funding limitations.

Potential Future Career

Example job roles in:

  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Teaching

Progress to study degrees in:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Teaching
  • Engineering

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and energy
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear Physics

And one of the following:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

 

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Ellie achieved A*, A, A and was accepted in to Newcastle University to study Biomedical Science with her results in Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

Ellie Bird

 

 

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