AS and A Level Physics

A Level

In Southampton

Price on request

Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Location

    Southampton

Description

Physics is the part of your science course which looked at energy. Of the three main sciences it really is the science for the enquiring mind as it strives to ask why things happen, rather than just looking at what does happen.

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities

Location

Starts

Southampton (Hampshire)
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Hill Lane, SO15 5RL

Starts

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To take into account

You will need: At least five GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language, Maths and Science (two of these must be at grade B or above). You must also be taking some additional mathematics course as support, such as an AS or our own Maths for Physicists course, Because: you will have to perform calculations throughout the course you will need to have good comprehension skills and be able to write fluently in the examination and to complete the coursework.

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Course programme

AS and A Level Physics
Physics is the part of your science course which looked at energy. Of the three main sciences it really is the science for the enquiring mind as it strives to ask why things happen, rather than just looking at what does happen.

What does the course consist of?
In Year 1 you will study units 1, 2 and 3 for an AS Level. In Year 2 you will take units 4, 5 and 6 to complete the full Advanced Level.
Unit 1: Physics in action

Can you think of a situation where physics is not in action? This unit looks at the place of physics in some modern technologies including digital imaging and designer materials. This should consolidate and develop your GCSE work on optics, waves, electricity and materials.
You will be assessed by a written examination

Unit 2: Understanding processes

This takes our understanding of light and waves a step further and then contradicts it with a more modern view of physics! At the same time we look at why old ideas of time and motion are still valid today. Confused? It should all become clear!
You will be assessed by a written examination

Unit 3: Physics in practice

This is a third module which involves one practical investigations and one presentations related to the above modules.
You will be assessed by coursework

Unit 4: Rise and fall of the clockwork universe

Looking out into space we analyse how planets move and look at the calculations used to put satellites into orbit and get man to the moon - if not 'to infinity and beyond'. We look, too, at the whole universe- its past, present and future- but as we try to analyse it, we find ourselves looking at smaller and smaller details.
You will be assessed by a written examination

Unit 5: Fields and Particle pictures

Two very important and relevant aspects of physics are involved here. Firstly, using fundamental and universal laws to make our lives easier and then looking at these laws to help give us a better understanding of the matter and the laws themselves.
You will be assessed by a written examination

Unit 6: Researching Physics

This consists of two pieces of coursework. Firstly, you will be expected to research and write an extended report on an area of physics which is of particular interest. Secondly you are also expected to undertake a practical investigation on a topic of your choice and report your findings. Working independently, developing research and practical skills and writing fluently using suitable images and graphs are considered to be very important by universities and employers.
You will be assessed by coursework

What else do I need to know?
Most important is having an open mind and being prepared to look at new ideas and concepts as well as looking at old ones in a different way.
We have a modern and well-equipped laboratory where most of the lessons are taught and the emphasis is on practical work throughout the course.
Physics will go well with any other AS or A Level as it encourages development of a logical and analytical way of thinking. It will be particularly appropriate for students thinking of a career or university course involving science or engineering, but it is also suitable for anyone who wants a better understanding of how the world around them and everything in it ticks.

AS and A Level Physics

Price on request