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RGS Worcester

Into The Sixth 2013

Physics Introduction The Physics specification offers a challenging course based on contemporary contexts to motivate and interest students. The two year course provides essential grounding for those who intend to read one of the Physical Sciences or Engineering at university, and it is often highly recommended for those students who are likely to study Medicine, Biological or Chemical Sciences or Geography at degree level. Physics can, of course, be pursued for its own sake. The one and the two-year courses provide a chance to acquire a deeper understanding of the universe in which we live and to develop the ability to cope flexibly with problem-solving, in both theoretical and practical situations. Entry Requirements: Potential students must have achieved at least a grade A in GCSE Physics or Science and Additional Science. Competence in Mathematics is essential for success in Physics and you should have an A grade or better at GCSE. Mathematics is very useful as an accompanying subject and is essential for students wishing to study Physics or Engineering at university. Outline of AS Specification: Module 1:

Physics on the Go – Sport and spare part surgery are the contexts for the study of mechanics and the properties of modern materials. (40% of AS)

Module 2:

Physics at Work – Medical physics, music and technology in space are used to develop a detailed understanding of current electricity and wave phenomena. (40% of AS)

Module 3:

Exploring Physics – Students undertake a visit to see a real life application of physics which then forms the basis of a laboratory based experiment. (20% of AS) Outline of A2 Specification: Module 4:

Physics on the Move – Particle physics involving the acceleration and detection of high energy particles with exotic names such as ‘strange’ and ‘charm’ link concepts such as momentum, circular motion and magnetic fields. (20% of AL)

Module 5:

Physics from Creation to Collapse – Through earthquake zones to nuclear decay and Astrophysics to Cosmology, students study the evolution of stars, the possible future of the Universe, radioactivity theory and the physics of oscillations. (20% of AL)

Module 6:

Experimental Physics – Students use the skills they have learned during the course to plan and carry out an experiment in the laboratory. (10% of AL)


Into the Sixth  
Into the Sixth