A Level Physics

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Ms M Towns BSc (UWE)
Email: mtowns@stedmundscollege.org
Mr D Webster B.Eng, PGCE Science (Director of Key Stage 5)
Email: dwebster@stedmundscollege.org

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COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC I

Module 1: Development of practical skills:

  • Planning
  • Implementing
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Practical skills
  • Use of apparatus and techniques

Module 2: Foundation of Physics:

  • Physical quantities
  • Units
  • Measurements
  • Scalars and vectors

Module 3: Forces and motion

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Vectors
  • Moments and Pressure
  • Momentum
  • Deforming Solids.

Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • Electric current
  • Resistance and Resistivity
  • Circuits and Practical Circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum Physics and Line Spectra.
COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC II

Module 5: The Newtonian World and Astrophysics:

  • Thermal physics.
  • Gas Laws
  • Circular motion and oscillations
  • Newton’s laws of gravitation
  • Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6: Particles and Medical Physics:

  • Capacitors and electric Fields
  • Magnetic fields
  • Particle and Nuclear physics
  • Medical Physics
Key Skills
  • Enquiring mind
  • Aptitude for Mathematics and problem solving
  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Application of theoretical models
Enrichment opportunities
  • Visit to the Engineering Department at Hertfordshire University
  • Visit to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Geneva
  • Lectures and events run by physics education groups in and around Hertfordshire
  • Lectures from university admission tutors
Higher education and career prospects

Physics A Level is a necessary requirement for a number of degree courses including  Engineering and Physics. It is also a very useful A Level for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Forensic Science, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. It can also provide breadth of study for application to Law and business-related degrees.

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