Physics

Physics

Physics AQA

Why study this course?

Physics is a subject for anybody who is curious about how the Universe works. Physics doesn't confine itself to particular areas of Science, but merely attempts to make sense of the observations we make about the everyday world. If you have a natural curiosity about the world around you, if you are interested in the development of technology, if you want to know more about the Large Hadron Collider, black holes, quantum theory and Big Bang theory or simply want to understand why the sky is blue, then Physics is for you.

How is the course structured?

AS

  • PHYS 1: Particles, quantum phenomena, electricity-
1 Hour 15 Minute Written Paper
  • PHYS 2: Mechanics, materials and waves-1 Hour 15 Minute Written Paper
  • PHYS 3T: Investigative and Practical Skills Supervised Task (Centre Assessed Unit).

A2

  • PHYS 4: Fields and further mechanics-
1 Hour 45 Minute Written Paper
  • PHYS 5: Nuclear and thermal physics plus one option-
1 Hours 45 Minute Written Paper
  • PHYS 6T: Investigative and Practical Skills Supervised Task (Centre Assessed Unit).

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have had previous experience in GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Physics with a grade B. It is recommended that students also achieve at least grade B in Mathematics at GCSE.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Many Physics students have opted for Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics. However, our Physicists have succeeded whilst studying a wide range of other courses including Languages, History and Art.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Physics is useful for a huge variety of career paths and it is a subject upon which employers look very favourably. A few ideas of careers that Physics students sometimes pursue are shown below. But don't worry if you don't know what you would like to do with the rest of your life just yet, as Physics is the ideal subject to take at A Level if you want to keep your options open.

  • Engineering
  • Financial sector
  • Physics-based research
  • Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Science
  • Software design
  • Teaching
  • Law

What specific skills will I learn?

You will develop a broad range of skills that will be useful in many walks of life:

  • You will learn to understand abstract concepts by using mathematical models
  • You will develop practical skills and use technical equipment
  • You will develop cognitive skills, spatial awareness and verbal reasoning
  • You will improve your numeracy skills and ability to manipulate mathematical formulae and graphs
  • You will adopt strategies to develop your problem-solving ability
  • You will learn skills of inquiry and will be encouraged to delve deeper to address fundamental questions

What Extra Opportunities are available?

There is an opportunity to join the Physics Department on a visit to a local University to experience a Particle Physics Masterclass. Here you will learn of current particle physics experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider as well as having the opportunity of revising the main concepts of the Particle Physics section of the AS unit.

In the Science department at Key Stage 5, we are very keen to recruit students into our exciting new Gifted and Talented Science Club. This year, we have constructed an electronic lie detector that works by detecting miniscule variations in the electrical conductivity of the skin. We are presently working on a large scale ‘mock clinical trial', to see if our contraption works!

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