Level: 3 | Duration: 2 Years | Details: September | Exam Board: AQA
Please note all of our A Level courses must be studied as part of a full time A Level programme. You will choose 3 A level subjects to study over two years.
What is this course about?
Ever wondered, what is the Universe made of? If protons are positive and neutrons are neutral, why doesn’t the nucleus fly apart? How did the Universe begin? What exactly is an electron? What is antimatter? How do you target a cannon? How do TVs work? How do we know the age of the Earth or the Universe? Why do hospitals do with 50% of the worlds particle accelerators? Could scientists at CERN create a black hole? Why is there 0% chance that the world will be destroyed if it does? What is going on in that picture on the left (particularly the weird scale)?
These are the questions we answer as we explore a vast range of topics including particles physics, electricity, mechanics, waves, materials, nuclear physics, space and many more.
Why choose this course?
Cronton is a great place to study physics, with outstanding facilities and lab equipment, integrated IT systems, a strong academic drive, and in Mr David Petticrew and Mrs Philippa Wynne we have two inspiring, enthusiastic physics lecturers with very close links to industry and some of our best universities.
A minimum of 3 x 5’s and 2 x 4’s at GCSE including a Grade 6 in Maths and a Grade 6 in Physics or a Grade 6-6 in Trilogy Science. Plus a Grade 5 in English Language. To study all three sciences students must have a minimum of a Grade 7 in Maths.
What will this course lead on to?
You could progress to a degree in physics, astronomy, engineering, geophysics, medical physics or many other exciting possibilities. This opens up a world of fascinating careers, including being a medical physicist, astrophysicist, actuary, aeronautical engineer, or a civil, electrical or mechanical engineer. Physicists are also some of the best paid professionals. For example, in a recent survey, more than half of the highest paying graduate jobs required A level physics.
What will I learn on this course?
Physics at Cronton offers a universe of possibilities. We learn about the incredibly small and the mind-blowingly large, from the forces that hold together the atoms of our bodies to the energy that powers the expansion of the universe, and lots in between.
Students will interpret and analyse the engineering challenges of the future, using their own problem solving abilities to tackle everything from nanotechnology, to renewable sources of power and space exploration.
Students are strongly encouraged to be part of our exciting enrichment activities. Tomorrow’s Scientists offers their own individual research projects into any aspect of science, culminating in an annual presentation on their work. There are university and industry visits and Nuffield placements. We also have opportunities to visit Jodrell Bank (to explore radio astronomy), The National Space Centre (to explore the many careers in the UK Space Industry) and CERN in Switzerland (to explore particle physics and cosmology).
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by 3 examinations in the summer term of your second year. We also have a full mock examination week in March of the second year and May of the first year.
Are there any costs associated with this course?
You will be expected to come prepared with calculators & stationery. There is a one off payment of £10 at the start of the year which covers the cost of the resources
A Level Physics is delivered in a state of the art dedicated Physics laboratory Experimental work is completed weekly and students are given the opportunity to carry out additional investigations as part of Tomorrow’s Scientist activities.
What Cronton A Level Physics students say?
“I have really enjoyed studying Physics at Cronton. Not just the A-level topics but also the chance to take part in national science awards and competitions.”
“I love completing the practical activities especially in Mechanics”
“I was surprised and pleased to find out that Physics isn’t all theoretical work, there are plenty of experiments to be completed”.
“We don’t know what dark matter is, but having studied A2 Physics I now understand the scientific evidence behind the theory!”
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- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
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