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Physics Overview This course is designed to cover a wide range of physics topics and to develop an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. A variety of teaching methods are used, with a strong emphasis on practical work. Learning is supported by study guides. Course Outline AS Level Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity - investigates wave-particle duality, quantisation and the standard model of particle physics, along with basic electricity, electrical components and circuits. Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves - investigates forces and motion (including Newton's laws and projectile motion), energy and power, the properties of materials (density, elasticity, etc.) and waves (basic properties, refraction, diffraction and interference). Unit 3: Practical Skills - a combination of continual assessment plus an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA), assessing the student's ability to select and use equipment, make observations and measurements, process data, and analyse & evaluate results. A2 Level Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics - develops the work of Unit 2 into the topics of momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion, and investigates the effects of gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, including capacitance and electromagnetic induction. Unit 5A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics - develops the work of Unit 1 into the topics of probing the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear instability and nuclear energy, and investigates the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases. Unit 5B: Option Units - students study a section of work on either Astrophysics or Applied physics. Astrophysics includes the design of telescopes, optical and non-optical astronomy, the physics of stars and cosmology. Applied Physics includes rotational motion, thermodynamics and the study of heat engines. Unit 6: Practical Skills - a combination of continual assessment plus an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA), assessing the student's ability to select and use equipment, make observations and measurements, process data, and analyse & evaluate results. Assessment Coursework (1 EMPA at AS and 1 at A2 - 20%) Examination (80%) Examining Board - AQA (Specification A) Prohibited Options None. Career and Progression Opportunities Physics is a useful qualification for many university courses or career paths, particularly within the physical sciences, and is directly applicable to those involving engineering and technology. The skills it develops are also valued within a wide range of other careers, such as the financial industry. Other Information Physics complements the study of both Mathematics and Chemistry and works successfully with Design Technology and Computing courses. Students who choose to study Physics without Mathematics are required to take the Open College Network course on Mathematical Applications in Science. This course counts and as enrichment and is portfolio based.

Physics Overview This course is designed to cover a wide range of physics topics and to develop an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. A variety of teaching methods are used, with a strong emphasis on practical work. Learning is supported by study guides. Course Outline AS Level Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity - investigates wave-particle duality, quantisation and the...

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