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Physics A-level

Gluons, galaxies and everything in between! Deepen your understanding of the physical universe and how it affects us with a Physics A-level. Learn how objects move under the influences of forces and energy, change how electricity works and the mysterious relationship between photons and waves. In year two you cover specialised topics such as cosmology, nuclei and fundamental particles and medical physics.

What do I learn?
The laws of physics control the world!

Study physics and understand the universe. Physics explains how everyday-objects operate and discusses how they can be improved.

You follow the OCR specification.

First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Mechanics, Motion, Forces, Work and Energy
• Unit 2: Electrons, Waves and Photons
• Unit 3: Practical Skills 1

Second year (A2)
• Unit 1: The Newtonian World; The Motion of the Planets and Stars
• Unit 2: Frontiers of Science; The Big Bang!, Medical Physics, Modeling the Universe
• Unit 3: Practical Skills 2

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Formal assessment is through examinations and, in some subjects, through coursework. The examination periods are in May/June. A range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments help you to develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
What do I gain?
You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.

You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. You benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x C grades at GCSE including English and maths. There are subject specific criteria for some subjects, for this subject you will need GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Double Science grade BB.
What do I gain?
With three A-levels you can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-level Physics gives you access to university to study a BSc in Physics or other areas including engineering and medicine. A-levels also offer the high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes.
What else do I need to know?
Core text book: Hackett R. Hutchings R. AS OCR Physics. A scientific calculator, pens, A4 lined paper and a folder will also be required.
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