Level 3 Physics


At least 12 credits from level two physics plus at least 8 level two maths credits or by negotiation.

Course description:

Physics is suitable for students who wish to improve their general understanding of science within the context of real life situations, and vital to those who need to continue studies in the sciences as part of their career aspirations.

This course begins with a study of linear and rotational mechanics and then onto a study of oscillating systems and several interesting and useful phenomena of waves such as the Doppler effect, diffraction and interference. The work on electrical systems leads towards understanding and predicting the behaviour of components in LCR circuits. The final topic looks at modern theories on light, radiation and atomic spectra models.

Experiments are undertaken throughout the course to improve understanding and develop good experimental technique. The one internal unit assesses a student’s ability to devise and carry out an investigation that leads to a mathematical relationship. The theory work is assessed in four external units. This course requires good mathematical ability and a strong work ethic.

Credits available:

The table below shows the credits available within the subject.

Number   Title I or E*    Credits
P3.1 Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship   I 4
P3.3 Demonstrate understanding of wave systems E 4
P3.4 Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems E 6
P3.5 Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics I 3
P3.6 Demonstrate understanding of electrical  systems E 6


I or E * = Internal or external assessments

Costs: Course books ($25.00) plus $20.00 for Revision book is advised

Contact: Dr Chris Manuel

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