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Physics AS & A Level
Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB
First year topics include simple electrical circuits, fundamental particles, quantum mechanics, waves and optics; as well as Newtonian mechanics, which deals with forces, motion, energy and power. The course builds on your knowledge of physics from GCSE. Topics are revisited as you progress through the first year to build confidence and help develop your understanding. In the second year, additional topics include radioactivity and thermal physics. The additional topic is ‘Turning Points in Physics’: this investigates some important experiments which helped to define our current knowledge of physics, and it links well with the main body of the course.
You will typically be in College four days per week, with lesson style varying according to subject. In-College delivery is supported by online resources, and students develop strong independent learning skills to equip them for their next steps.
You will receive a variety of classwork and homework exercises throughout the course allowing you to practise the theory and skills you have learnt during the course. This will include past paper questions, enabling you to develop the technique needed to be successful in the A Level exams.
In addition to theoretical work, the science courses have a significant practical element and you will undertake a series of practical activities that allow you to develop your skills and techniques. You will be continually assessed on this element of the course, with feedback provided to allow you to improve and meet the requirements. On completion of the course you will receive your exam grade together with a Practical Endorsement, which shows that you have the skills and ability to work in a laboratory and use the equipment safely to carry out practical tasks and research.
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