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Physics AS/A2 Level (AQA-A) WHAT'S ON THE COURSE? Why study Physics? Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives. Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Moreover, it's the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy. Our results have been well above the national average for the last five years and are among the best in the country. Our 2008 A2 pass rate was 100%, with 68% of our students achieving grades A or B. You will be taught by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to PhD level, with experience of working in industry and academia. WHAT'S ON THE COURSE? The AS course starts with two contrasting topics - Particle Physics and Electricity. Particle Physics is all about the topical area of the fundamental nature of matter and what it is made of, and will give an insight into the type of experiments being carried out at, for example, the Large Hadron Collider. We also look at basic quantum phenomena and radiation, and end with discussing whether we can really distinguish between waves and particles at all. The second unit is Mechanics, Materials and Waves, which extends what you studied at GCSE. There are three main areas of the mechanics section: statics, where we look at all the forces acting on an object to keep it still; dynamics, where we understand how to use equations for displacement, velocity and acceleration of objects, including projectiles; and energy, which covers kinetic and potential energy, power, efficiency and renewable energy resources and applications. At A2 you will study mechanics in more detail, including circular motion, vibrations and resonance. We also look at the whole idea of fields in Physics: gravitational fields and planetary motion; electric fields and capacitors; and magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction. The second unit at A2 is in two halves. Firstly, Nuclear and Thermal Physics, which covers the properties of the nucleus, radioactive decay and energy from nuclear fission and fusion. The second half of the unit is an option, currently Astrophysics, which covers telescopes, classification of stars, star birth, life and death, supernovae, black holes and cosmology. What else can you do on the course? We make every effort to arrange relevant trips to complement your studies. In 2008 a group attended an Institute of Physics event in Liverpool to hear about the very latest research in Physics. The world-renowned Jodrell Bank is close by and provides an opportunity to discover the current developments in astrophysics. How is the course examined? 80% examination (40% for each unit) and 20% practical assessment. What the students say Megan Sloan - Shavington High School I really enjoy the problem solving side of physics and the fact you can apply a lot of what you learn to everyday life. The practical work is also very useful and enjoyable at the same time. Physics wasn't my favourite subject at school but I saw the syllabus here and decided to go for it. I'm glad I did. WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE AND FEES? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? 2 Years. Full Time. WHEN DOES IT START? 05 September 2011. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Tuition fees are free for this course (home students only). However, for students aged 19+, there is a fee of ?50 per year, which may be remitted if you are on income-based benefits. For overseas students and/or full details of expenses please refer to the The Money Matters Page or contact the Information Centre . WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE? South Cheshire College. IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR ME? WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR? To study Physics at AS or A Level you will need to meet the specific entry requiremen

Physics AS/A2 Level (AQA-A) WHAT'S ON THE COURSE? Why study Physics? Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives. Physics...

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