Explaining life, the universe and everything…
What is Physics? Basically, Physics tries to explain how the universe works as simply as possible, but no simpler. From Quarks to Quasars, Physics is all about understanding and predicting nature. Together we will look at how our world (and beyond) behaves and try to make sense of it. You will enjoy Physics if you want to find out about life, the universe and everything; develop models to explain how the world we live in works; sharpen your problem-solving skills and see how physics is used all around us. You will discover that our ideas of how things work have changed over the centuries; scientists are not always ‘right’. A theory only lasts until an experiment proves it wrong! Then we need a new one.
Your AS and A2 courses will be based on Salters Horners project, which places great emphasis on the practical uses of the subject. You still study all the Physics you would expect, it is just packaged differently and, we think, in a more exciting and enjoyable way.
The amount of sunlight reaching the earth is 6,000 times the energy used by all human beings.
The total amount of fossil fuel humans have used up is equivalent to less than 30 days of sunshine.
We also teach International Baccalaureate: Higher & Standard Level Physics.
AS, A Level, International Baccalaureate
Standard advanced course requirements plus: Grade B in both GCSE Physics (as part of Triple Science) and another science GCSE
For International Baccalaureate, at least a B in both Core & Additional Science (or in Physics as a single science and at least 1 other science GCSE) is required for Standard Level; at least an A is required for Higher Level.
WHERE DOES IT LEAD?
Many students go on to degree courses in Physics, Engineering, Financial Management, Law, Medicine and numerous other fields. Physics is an in-demand subject in the UK.
AS students choosing NOT to study AS Maths will need to enrol for the Maths support course. You should be aware, though, that not studying Maths beyond GCSE will prevent you from applying to most Physics and Engineering degrees.
Varndean College, Surrenden Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6WQ tel: 01273 508011