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Prince William School

Physics

Overview: 

Physics AS and A2 Level at Prince William School teaches Physics in a way that is related to experiments and the application of A Level Physics to the real world. In the AS course, this application is in the areas of sports science, the food industry, joint replacement surgery, music and physics, technology for space and geophysics in Archaeology. In the A2 course, the areas of Transport Technologies, the application of electronics to control in aircraft, particle accelerators and the standard model, building technologies and the design required for withstanding earthquakes and high wind and Astrophysics and Astronomy are also covered.
AS only: 
• Working as a Physicist 
• Mechanics 
• Electric Circuits 
• Further Mechanics 
• Electric and Magnetic Fields 
• Nuclear and Particle Physics A Level:
• Working as a Physicist 
• Materials 
• Waves and Particle Nature of Light 
• Thermodynamics 
• Space 
• Nuclear Radiation 
• Gravitational Fields 
• Oscillations

Entry Requirements: 

Beyond the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 learning of 5 A*-C GCSE grades, students are also expected to achieve a minimum A and B grade in GCSE Core and Additional Science or an A grade in Physics GCSE with at least a B in Chemistry and Biology. Students are also required to obtain a grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

Expectations:

In order to be best prepared for A Level study students are expected to complete a bridging activity from GCSE to A level before the course commences. In lessons students are required to carry out a number of practical tasks, both in groups and independently. Students’ will need to reflect on their own work and evaluate others, being prepared to articulate results and conclusions. Prior reading is mandatory before each lesson and the use of the VLE is required to complete tasks and extend understanding. Extended reading and annotations of notes is also expected and students are required to regularly assess their learning against the specification. We expect between four and eight hours work outside the lesson in order to be an excellent Physicist.

Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:

Each year there is a trip available to the LHC particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva which follows the A2 curriculum in Particle Physics. There is also a trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, which is a great preparation for the Earthquake work in A2.

Career Pathways:

Design Engineering, Architecture, Marketing, Automotive Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Medical Physics, Particle Physics, Geophysics in Archaeology or Climate Models, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Teaching and Working in the Financial Services.

Student Testimonials:

“Hard work, but really enjoyable. It’s really different from GCSE and much more fun. Physics goes really well with the other Sciences and Design.”
“Really gets down to the fundamentals of the way the Universe works.”
“Demonstrates your ability to cope with the latest discoveries and helps you to understand really difficult concepts and ideas easily.”
“Being on Channel 4 News on the CERN trip and being able to show family and friends was incredible!”
“Meeting Peter Higgs and having a photograph with a Nobel Prize winner was unforgettable.”