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Physics AS/A Level Science, Psychology & Engineering Board and Syllabus details Board: Edexcel - Syllabus: AS Level (8540), A Level (9540) About the subject Physics is about finding out how the universe works. Do you know why the sky is blue or why the setting sun is red? Do you want to find out more about black holes and quarks? From Newton's genius to Einstein's mysterious world, all will be revealed! Do you want to use your knowledge to build a better world or to explore new worlds? Do you want to work in the medical field and design the black boxes that keep heart patients alive or improve ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. The course is certainly challenging and at times demanding but it is also fun and intellectually rewarding. You will develop your skills in mathematics, practical work, analysis and communication and this will prepare you for a surprisingly wide range of university courses and careers. The logical, problem solving approach which the subject fosters is valued not only in the Sciences but in Law and Business. The mathematical modelling used in Physics can readily be applied in the financial world and software firms. Learning Styles Lessons will be a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, practical work, problem solving and discussion. Students are encouraged to think for themselves and contribute to the lessons. Computer software and information from the Internet are increasingly being used. Subject combinations and progression Chemistry and Biology go well with Physics, and Electronics and Design Technology are recommended. Maths is the language of Physics and you are strongly advised to continue with this subject although we may be open to persuasion otherwise. Geology, Geography, Art, History are also popular. Our students have gone on to study Physics, or Physics with just about any subject you can think of from Astronomy to Philosophy. All sorts of Engineering are popular and Computer Science. Students have taken advantage of the Erasmus scheme where the fourth year of their course is spent in another European country with all teaching in the language of that country. Some universities run courses with the fourth year in the USA. Subjects likely to be in demand in the future are Astrophysics, Artificial Intelligence, Communications Engineering and Software Engineering. Subject modules and assessment Title AS A 1 Mechanics and Radioactivity 30% 15% 2 Electricity and Thermal Physics 30% 15% 3 Astrophysics 20% 10% Practical test 20% 10% 4 Waves and Our Universe - 15% 5 Fields and Forces - 7.5% Practical test - 7.5% 6 Synthesis - 20% Entry Requirements GCSE additional and core science BB preferred or Physics B with another science or Mathematics B preferred.

Physics AS/A Level Science, Psychology & Engineering Board and Syllabus details Board: Edexcel - Syllabus: AS Level (8540), A Level (9540) About the subject Physics is about finding out how the universe works. Do you know why the sky is blue or why the setting sun is red? Do you want to find out more about black holes and quarks? From Newton's genius to Einstein's mysterious world, all will be...

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