If you choose AS-level physics we aim for you to:
- Sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, physics.
- Develop essential knowledge and understanding in physics.
- Develop the skills needed for the use of this knowledge and understanding in new and changing situations.
- Develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment.
- Appreciate how physics has developed and is used in present day society.
- Show the links between physics and social, philosophical, economic, industrial and environmental matters.
- Recognise the quantitative nature of physics.
- Use mathematics in relation to physical principles.
- Bridge understanding of different areas of physics to show how they relate to each other.
- Study how scientific models develop.
- Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The discipline of physics teaches skills that are recognised as highly relevant to a number of careers that include law, accounting, forensic science, IT, oceanography, meteorology, geology, archaeology, engineering, aeronautics and finance. As such, physics combines particularly well with other AS subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics (essential), Computing, History, Business Studies and Languages.
|AS Level course outline:Nuclear and Particle Physics
Here we look at and then into the atom. We answer questions that build on work covered at GCSE level such as: What is the structure of the atom and how does it behave?, Is there more than protons, neutrons and electrons?
We will begin to the develop ideas about the different particles that make up the universe.
Here we see how photons of light can behave as waves and particles, this will lead us onto ideas about wave-particle duality, if a light wave behaves as a particle surely a particle can behave as a wave!
The development of human understanding of electricity has revolutionised our society. In this section of the course we seek to understand how this has happened by developing a fundamental understanding of current, voltage, resistance and power. Using this understanding we can build, manipulate and use different types of electrical circuits.
Practical assessed work
This unit is centred around developing the skills required to investigate how science works in the real work. One of the most important tools a Physicist, engineer or scientist possesses is their ability to use a set of practical skills to either prove or dis-prove certain hypotheses.
|What the students have said:“I enjoy that so many of the lessons involve practical work – they’re very interesting anyway but they also make the written work much easier to understand.”
“Physics is a great subject to study at A level because of the wide range of topics it allows you to study: in year 12, you cover subjects from particle physics to the fundamentals of electricity. The lessons are fun and relatively easy to follow, and the Queens Physics wikispace which supports the course is easy to use and full of information.”
See Mr Lyng for further details.