Cottingham and Wolfreton Sixth Form College

Who is the course aimed at?     

This course is aimed at students who have demonstrated a sound understanding of the subject during their GCSE studies and who are looking to extend their knowledge and understanding further. Students should have an ability to:

  • Follow and develop practical instructions
  • Record and interpret data in a range of formats
  • Use a wide range of resources to consolidate concepts  Work in teams, employing different learning strategies  Work independently

Learning will take place through:

  • Teacher led activities and interactive teaching introducing new material
  • Practical experiments and modelling
  • Regular homework tasks to consolidate new material and research new concepts
  • The use of dedicated text books and revision guides  The use of past exam questions and mark schemes  Student centred activities
  • Working in groups to solve problems and develop ideas
  • Develop analytical skill in response to experimentation data

What will you learn?     

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and its ideas and principals are the foundations for all other science subjects. This course offers a broad vision of physics as it is today.

There are six modules studied:

  • Development of Practical Skills in Physics                                                                Planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
  • Fundamental Data Analysis                                                                                         Describe and explain, sketching and interpretation, calculations and estimations
  • Physics in Action                                                                                                                 Imaging and signalling, sensing, mechanical properties of materials
  • Understanding Processes                                                                                                     Waves and quantum behaviour, space time and motion
  • Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe                                                                 Creating models, out into space, our place in the universe, matter: very simple, matter: hot or cold
  • Field and Particle Physics                                                                                Electromagnetism, charge and field, probing deep into matter, ionising radiation and risk

Following on from your GCSE studies you will explore the subject and its uses in the modern world looking at a variety of phenomena in a practical and in depth way.

How will you be assessed?         

Assessment will encompass all six course modules.

  • Paper 1: Fundamentals of physics                                                                            Written paper - 2 hours 15 minutes / 41% of A Level
  • Paper 2: Scientific literacy in physics                                                                        Written paper - 2 hours 15 minutes / 37% of A Level
  • Paper 3: Practical skills in physics                                                                            Written paper - 1 hours 30 minutes / 22% of A Level
  • Practical endorsement                                                                                                     In-house assessment of practical physics skills

Enrichment activities and independent learning?           

There will be informal drop in / revision sessions available to support classroom learning and aid student progress throughout the course.

You will be expected to work more independently and take responsibility for your own learning as well as be prepared to work as part of a group, giving and receiving help from other students.

What and where next?

Successful physics students have a huge advantage in the work place, particularly in fields such as accounting, teaching, medical physics, engineering, mathematics, mechanics, law and optometry; where their scientific skills are highly valued.

Many students progress to university to continue with their studies at degree level. Potential courses include physics, astronomy, engineering, IT, medicine and maths.

More information          

For more information about this course please see the specification below or contact the sixth form team.