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Physics (AS & A Level) Physics AS & A level (Edexcel) Duration AS: 1 Year A2: 2 Years Minimum entry You need to have achieved the College's standard minimum entry requirement for level 3 of five Cs or above at GCSE. Grade B or above in Maths and Science is expected. Possible combinations Physics combines well with virtually all other advanced levels, but combines particularly well with mathematics, further mathematics, chemistry, computing and ICT, biology and geography. The study of AS mathematics is not compulsory, but is recommended. Students should be aware the study of Physics and several types of Engineering beyond A level is not possible without A level Mathematics and for many options A level Further Mathematics would be beneficial. Skills developed (by studying Physics you will extend your skills in the following areas) Planning and carrying out practical experiments Producing clear and well structured written answers Analysis and evaluation of problems Knowledge and understanding of physics theories and how they apply to many phenomena Interpreting and using graphical information Interpreting and using numerical data Familiarity with mathematical techniques eg. use of graphs, equations etc. Enrichment opportunities During this course you will have anopportunity to participate in visits that can be used towards coursework and that give you an insight into how physics is used in the real world. Recent visits have included engineering at Portsmouth University, Astronomy at Surrey University, Hologram - making at Southampton University and the scanning electron microscope in the Biology department of Portsmouth University. Recent results There has been a 100% pass rate in A level Physics at the College in recent years. What does the course involve? You will learn the theory and applications of Physics through real-life contexts. For example, we analyse waves by studying musical instruments and ultrasound by looking at medical imaging. You will examine forces and motion by studying the movement of a sprinter and of a javelin in flight. Other topics include cosmology, the electrical power needs of a satellite and an investigation of archaeological remains. The course even covers the physics of chocolate! This is a demanding but very satisfying course. Many students go on to study Physics or a related discipline at university. Specific Content You will be required to study two units and carry out 1 piece of coursework for the AS qualification in year 1 and two more units and a second piece of coursework for the full A level qualification in year two. AS Year Unit 1: Physics on the go This introductory unit deals with three topics. Spare Part Surgery examines the material properties needed for artificial bone replacements, Higher Faster Stronger the physics of sports and movement and Good Enough To Eat the properties of fluids including syrups and molten chocolate! Unit 2: Physics at work The three topics studied here are The Sound Of Music examining the way musical instruments work and how songs are encoded on CDs. Technology In Space looking at the workings of and powering a satellite and Digging Up The Past which examines how archaeologists use physics to discover where remains are more likely to be found. Unit 3: AS Coursework This involves either a visit or case study followed up by a related practical activity. A2 Year Unit 4: Physics on the Move The 3 topics here are Medium Is The Message looking at how information in a plane is communicated and displayed to the pilot, Transport On Track looks at physics of trains and other transport systems and Probing The Heart Of Matter the search for the fundamental building blocks of the atom. Unit 5: Physics from Creation to Collapse The final taught unit has only 2 topics, Build Or Bust is about Earthquake zones and designing buildings for them and Reach For The Stars is about the whole universe, from its beginning to its possible endings! Unit 6: A2 Coursework An full pr

Physics (AS & A Level) Physics AS & A level (Edexcel) Duration AS: 1 Year A2: 2 Years Minimum entry You need to have achieved the College's standard minimum entry requirement for level 3 of five Cs or above at GCSE. Grade B or above in Maths and Science is expected. Possible combinations Physics combines well with virtually all other advanced levels, but combines particularly well with...

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