Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - AQA LINEAR

PHYSICS

REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6 in Core and Additional Science & Grade 6 Maths

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Textbook

£25 annually £5 annually

Revision Guide

There are no compulsory trips for A Level Physics. However, we look to run a number of optional trips to allow students the chance to widen and deepen their knowledge and understanding.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - three exams testing knowledge: COMPONENT 1 • Measurements and their errors • Particles and radiation • Waves • Mechanics and materials • Electricity • Periodic motion

The course covers a wide range of topics as well as providing the opportunity to study one of the optional units. The new specification for AQA provides students with an excellent opportunity to hone their practical skills with a number of experiments and investigations forming an integral part of the course. The majority of our students obtain the highest grades and A Level Physics continues to be recognised as a subject of high value and importance in a number of industries. A large number of A Level students go on to study a Physics or an Engineering-based degree. However, Physics does compliment students who intend to study most Science-related degrees and is highly valuedby admissions tutors andemployers due to the high demand and the skills developed. The variety of options available to those who have studied for a degree in Physics is greatly appealing. The following are examples of areas that a graduate could embark into: Further study, Teacher or Lecturer, Geophysicist, Medical Physicist, Radiation Protection Worker, Research Scientist, Meteorologist, Environmental Scientist, Roles within the Armed Forces, Defence Industry, Manufacturing and Technology Industries, Finance and Business. PROGRESSION

COMPONENT 2 • Thermal physics • Further mechanics • Fields and their consequences • Nuclear physics COMPONENT 3 • Practical skills and data analysis • Option module from: • Astrophysics • Medical physics • Engineering physics • Turning points in physics • Electronics

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