Students will enjoy this course and be successful if
- Have wide interests (it’s a big subject!)
- Have a can-do attitude and aren’t put off by
- Like Mathematics and logical reasoning
- Always want to know WHY
Physics students should enjoy and be good at problem solving
and working with other people. They should be able to calculate with large and
small numbers, deal with simple Algebra, and use diagrams and other graphics to
explain their ideas.
A Level students will complete all modules and take 3 exams
at the end of the second year.
Students will complete a practical endorsement in physics.
This must be completed to pass on to degree courses within the scientific
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in
- Practical skills assessed in a written examination
- Practical skills assessed in practical
Physics is a practical subject. The development and
acquisition of practical skills is fundamental. The course provides students
with the opportunity to develop experimental methods and techniques for
analysing empirical data. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and
evaluating, will be assessed in the written papers.
Module 2 – Working as a Physicist
- Physical quantities and units
- Scalars and vectors
The aim is to introduce important conventions and ideas that
permeate the fabric of physics. Understanding of physical quantities, S.I.
units, scalars and vectors helps physicists to effectively communicate their
ideas within the scientific community.
Module 3 – Mechanics
- Forces in action
- Work, energy and power
Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
- Charge and current
- Energy, power and resistance
- Electrical circuits
- Quantum physics
Students will learn about electrons, electric current,
electrical circuits, wave properties, electromagnetic waves and introduces key
ideas of quantum physics. Students have the opportunity to appreciate how
scientific ideas of quantum physics developed over time and their validity
rested on the foundations of experimental work.
Module 5 – Further Mechanics and Fields
- Circular motion
- Electric, Magnetic and Gravitional fields
The aim is to show the impact Newtonian mechanics has on
physics. Students will learn about circular motion, oscillations, thermal
physics and the behaviour of electric, magnetic and gravitational
Module 6 – Nuclear Radiation and Space
- Nuclear Radiation
- Particle Physics
This section covers probing matter to find out about the
structure of the atom, sub-atomic particles, radiation and the exploration of