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AS / A2 PHYSICS Exam Board: OCR The study of Physics is the study of why the world around us works, from what goes into making the atom to the birth and death of the universe. Physics is essential to the further study of many subjects and careers, including Engineering, Veterinary Science and Aviation. As Physics teaches you how to break problems down, to deal with complicated relationships and look for patterns, it is a good preparation for wide range of careers. Physics combines well with Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology. Calculation becomes more important in the A2 course, and so, although not essential, AS Maths is a good preparation. If you hope to take Physics at university you should seriously consider taking Maths and at least one other Science subject with Physics at AS. The Paston course is taught through both theory lessons and practical work (both solo and group). The AS year is especially practically based as the concepts covered are ones which can easily be witnessed in the world around you. A2 tends slightly more towards theory but there is still a wide range of practical activities to be carried out. For enrichment, the department has good links with UEA which we visit to use their facilities and to take part in competitions run by them. A great interactive way to learn about everything from particle duality to the size of the universe. Johnny Lawson (A2 student in 2009). AS Physics In AS Physics you will study: Forces and how we interact with the world around us. Motion and its patterns, how we can predict how things will travel through substances other than just air. The physics of car safety, how Science keeps cars on the road and how it helps us when things go wrong. The Science of deforming things, what happens when things are stretched or compressed. What is going on in an electrical circuit, what actually causes things to happen when you plug something into the mains and the real meaning of common terms such as voltage and current. What waves are, the different types, their dangers and their uses. How some things can appear to be two completely different entities at the same time. Assessment Two written and practical examinations. Entry requirements At least a B grade in Physics or in Additional Science and a C in Maths at GCSE, in addition to the Colleges entry requirements for AS study. A2 Physics In A2 Physics you build on and develop the skills and understanding you gained at AS, and you will study Advanced motion and how we can use the laws of physics to predict the outcome of collisions and explosions. The Science of things moving in a circle, from conkers on strings to planets in the Solar System. The effects of gravity and how we can use our understanding of them to put satellites into orbit. How devices such as the simple pendulum can allow us to measure time and calculate the strength of gravity. Temperature and what happens when something heats up, no matter if its solid, liquid, gas or plasma. Generating electricity and the problems associated with storing it. Whats happening inside the atom and into the strange and charming world of quarks. What radiation is, its dangers and how we can attempt to predict its patterns. How physics helps in the world of medicine, what X-rays are, other ways of looking inside the body without causing harm and how ultrasound allows us to see inside the womb. What there is in the universe, what it is made up of and what really happened at the Big Bang. Plus the fate of the universe is explored and the possible ways it might end are discussed. Assessment Two written examinations practical assessments take place during the course.

AS / A2 PHYSICS Exam Board: OCR The study of Physics is the study of why the world around us works, from what goes into making the atom to the birth and death of the universe. Physics is essential to the further study of many subjects and careers, including Engineering, Veterinary Science and Aviation. As Physics teaches you how to break problems down, to deal with complicated relationships and...

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