Physics A Level -

PHYSICS

AQA 7408

WHY STUDY PHYSICS?

From the birth and death of stars to the fleeting interactions of tiny particles, Physics studies how our world works. To do this it uses ideas ranging from force and energy, easily understood and every-day, to quarks and quantum mechanics, rather more abstract and fanciful! It is a fascinating subject, driven by the desire to find out how and why matter behaves the way it does.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

·         Measurements and their errors

·         Particles and radiation

·         Waves

·         Mechanics and materials

·         Electricity

·         Further mechanics and thermal physics

·         Fields and their consequences

·         Nuclear physics

·         Astrophysics

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Physics is not only interesting, it is also highly marketable. With an A Level in Physics you will have proved that you possess a wide range of key skills, exactly what employers and universities are looking for today. Transferable skills from the use of IT in data-logging experiments (downloading data from sensors to spreadsheets); to the numerical skills that are the bedrock of the subject, essential in problem-solving and in practical work; to skill in written expression needed to write explanations.

CURRENT STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

“Physics is a challenging subject, but finding the answer to hard questions is a great reward.”

- Liam Draper, Year 13

“Physics is fun and interesting because it lets you learn about the universe around you”.

- Nicole Vale, Year 12

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have studied either: (i.) Core and Additional Science GCSEs, in which case they must have achieved at least 2 B grades in Core Science GCSE and Additional Science GCSE plus a minimum of grade 5 mathematics GCSE; or (ii.) Separate Sciences GCSEs, in which case they must have achieved at least a B grade in Physics GCSE, plus a B Grade in one other science and a grade 5 in maths GCSE. Grade 4 or higher is also required in English GCSE.

NB: Essential Mathematics skills include algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mrs A Freeman afr@sandon.essex.sch.uk