Government funding available
To take into account
You will need GCSE Additional Science or Physics and GCSE Maths at grade C or above and a minimum average GCSE pass of grade C.
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WHY TAKE PHYSICS?
If you enjoy a challenge you will enjoy Physics. It gives you the opportunity to develop logical problem solving skills, carry out practical work, and apply your knowledge to the real world. We aim to make the challenge of Physics as enjoyable as possible through a variety of teaching and learning styles developed through our many years of teaching experience. Physics students are prized by industry and universities for the varied skills they have acquired. Most of our students progress to university, taking degrees in scientific subjects or engineering, many study in areas of finance, business and IT.
WHAT ARE THE KEY AREAS OF STUDY?
The topics you will study include mechanics, electricity, waves, particle physics, nuclear structure and radioactivity plus many others. There is a choice of topics during the second year including medical physics and astrophysics.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I NEED AND DEVELOP?
You need to be prepared for hard work and have strong mathematical skills. For those of you who do not take AS Mathematics we run our own dedicated Maths for Physics course to provide the support you need.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
20% of the AS and A Level courses are assessed by coursework. The rest of the assessment is by exam paper; two modules in the AS year and a further two in the A2 year.
To further enhance your time with us we offer a variety of trips including the Science Museum and Alton Towers, we arrange lectures and visits to universities and we give you the opportunity to take part in the British Physics Olympiad. During 2009 we will be part of the Starchaser Rocket Fellowship. In particular, students and staff from Priestley will be present at the launch of the Rocket in November 2009 from Morecambe Bay