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A-Level Physics Course at Varndean College

Physics

HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?

CAREER PATHWAYS

Many students go on to degree courses in Physics, Engineering, Research, Financial Management, Law, Medicine and numerous other fields. Physics is an in-demand subject in the UK and, indeed, worldwide.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Analysis; problem-solving; communication; modelling; research; mathematics; evidence-based decision-making.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

What is Physics? Basically, Physics tries to explain how the universe works as simply as possible, but no simpler. From Quarks to Quasars, Physics is all about understanding and predicting nature. Together we will look at how our world (and beyond) behaves and try to make sense of it. You will enjoy Physics if you want to find out about life, the universe and everything; develop models to explain how the world we live in works; sharpen your problem-solving skills and see how physics is used all around us. You will discover that our ideas of how things work have changed over the centuries; scientists are not always ‘right’. A theory only lasts until an experiment proves it wrong! Then we need a new one.

The course places great emphasis on the practical uses of the subject and is divided into ‘themes’. You still study all the Physics you would expect, it is just packaged differently and, we think, in a more exciting and enjoyable way. By the end you will see why Physics is so important to our world!

COURSE ESSENTIALS

COURSES AVAILABLE:


A Level, International Baccalaureate

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:


Standard advanced course requirements plus
For A Level (Note: Applied Science is NOT accepted)
Grade B GCSE in Core Science + Grade B GCSE in Additional Science
OR
Grade B GCSE in Physics + Grade B GCSE in one other science
PLUS
Grade 5 GCSE in Maths
(Students NOT choosing A Level Maths will need to attend Maths for Physicists classes)

OTHER INFORMATION:


A level students choosing NOT to study Maths will need to enrol for the Maths support course. You should be aware, though, that not studying Maths beyond GCSE will prevent you from applying to most Physics and Engineering degrees.

ENQUIRIES TO:


Jason Wye

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YEAR 1
  • Atomic and Quantum Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics in Music
  • Physics in Satellites
  • Physics in Sports Science
  • Physics in Orthopaedics

Practical work is assessed throughout the course and at the end you will get a ‘Practical Endorsement’ alongside your A Level.

YEAR 2
  • Astronomy & Telescopes
  • Astrophysics & the Solar System
  • Cosmology
  • Structural engineering & Earthquakeproof Design
  • Physics in Transport Systems

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