Physics

Physics

Course Aims:

Physics is behind the technology that put man on the Moon, made the internet possible and revolutionised surgery, and also the technology that will shape tomorrow’s world: quantum computers, nuclear fusion or perhaps the means to colonise the solar system. 
The Sixth Form programme develops the pupils’ practical, analytical and mathematical skills so that they can progress into any scientific, technical, financial or medical discipline.

Summary of Course Structure:

  • Themed units of work divided into topics which are taught over two years for the A-level examination at the end of Year 13.
  • Half of the units are taught during the first year in preparation for an end of year assessment used to determine a UCAS predicted grade and suitability for continuation to the full A-Level in Year 13.

Assessment:

  • Practical investigation and application of Physics taught throughout Year 12 and Year 13.
  • Year 1 – Topical assessments throughout with cumulative assessments in January and June.
  • Year 2 – Topical assessments throughout with pre-public exams in January. The public examinations in June will determine 100% of the final grade.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

  • At least a 6 in Combined Science Trilogy OR a 6 in GCSE Physics.
  • AND at least a 6 in GCSE Maths and English.

Course Content in Year One:

Topics include:
Mechanics, Materials, Electricity, Waves, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Particles.

Course Content in Year Two:

Topics include:

Electric and Magnetic fields, Circular Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Astronomy and Cosmology, Nuclear Decay, and Thermal Energy.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Many students go on to study physics, astrophysics, engineering, medicine, mathematics and even less expected disciplines such as finance and law at University. This can lead to careers such as engineering, international law and space exploration!

Physics is behind the technology that put man on the Moon; made the internet possible; revolutionised surgery and the technology that will shape tomorrow’s world: quantum computers, nuclear fusion or perhaps the means to colonise the solar system. Students following the Physics programme at Chipping Norton School will develop their practical, analytical and mathematical skills so that they can progress into ay scientific, technical, financial or medical discipline. AQA is our chosen exam board.