PHYSICS

WHY STUDY PHYSICS?

Physics is the Queen of the sciences. It is intellectually stimulating. It builds on existing GCSE qualifications in Physics. As well as developing your theoretical knowledge and problem-solving abilities you will be challenged to perform practical tasks in experiments that demand skill, perseverance and involve analysis and evaluation. Lessons will vary in their style from small lecture-based presentations to seminar and problem solving surgeries. You will have external Physics speakers and visits to Physics sites as part of the course. 

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1 : Development of Practical Skills

Module 2 : Foundations of Physics

Module 3 : Forces and motion

Module 4 : Electrons, waves, and photons

Module 5 : Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 : Particles and medical physics

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  • The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Paperback) - Leonard Mlodinow

  • H2O: A Biography of Water (Paperback) - Philip Ball

  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters - Matt Ridley

  • Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life - Nick Lane

  • Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Symmetry - Marcus du Sautoy

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem: The story of a riddle that confounded the world’s greatest minds for 358 years - Simon Singh

  • Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About it - Simon Singh

  • Six Easy Pieces: Fundamentals of Physics Explained (Penguin Press Science) - Richard P Feynman

  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out - Richard P Feynman 

  • Dancing Naked in the Mind Field - Kary Mullis

  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Richard Dawkins

  • Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives - Richard Wiseman

  • The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next - Lee Smolin

  • We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About the Universe (Hardcover) - Marcus Chown

  • Atom - Jim Al-Khalili, Piers Bizony

  • Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines - Jim Al-Khalili 

  • 13 things that do not make sense - Michael Brooks

  • Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic cases - John Emsley

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

  • Bad science - Ben Goldacre

ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Modelling Physics 

2hrs 15mins (37%)

Paper 2: Exploring Physics  

2hrs 15mins (37%)

Paper 3: Unified Physics

1hr 30mins (26%)

 

Non-exam Assessments

12 internally moderated practicals

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Architecture / Construction & Built Environment /  Electrical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Applied Science / Computer Science / Civil Engineering / Information Technology / Medical Sciences / Physics / Astrophysics / Finance

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Architecture / Astronomy / Astrophysics / Biochemistry / Bio-Physics / Chemistry / Dentistry / Engineering / Geophysics / Mathematics / Medicine / Music / Nanotechnology / Optics / Veterinary Science / Finance / Economics /Law

EXAM BOARD: OCR

COURSE CODE: H556

COURSE TYPE: A Level

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