Physics is the study of the physical world. Realise it or not, deep down we are all physicists. Each day we see the laws of physics in action. Whether it’s from walking (forces) to talking (waves), we all use physics. One of the strengths of physics is the opportunity to understand the physical world more clearly. It also allows us to apply these ideas to useful situations e.g. engineering and medicine.
This is a concept driven course which also considers how to apply the concepts to real world situations. The AS course involves the study of particle physics and more classical ideas e.g. forces, waves. Whilst the A level course aims to develop these ideas further e.g. circular motion and radioactivity. All of this is taught through a variety of practical investigations, demonstrations, case-studies and visits.
The Physics A-Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
• How to collect data and evaluate it
• How to investigate facts and use deduction
• How to put over your point of view effectively
• How to take responsibility for your own learning.
University Courses A level Physics could lead to include engineering, astronomy, computer science, medicine and physics. A Level physics can also lead to career choices such as sports science, banking, archaeology, IT, architecture, engineering, space exploration industries, medicine and meteorology.
The AS is a one year course which comprises of five topics:
Measurements and their errors; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and materials; Electricity.
The A Level is a two year course which comprises of nine topics:
Measurements and their errors; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and materials; Electricity; Further mechanics and thermal physics; Fields and their consequences; Nuclear Physics; An optional module
The AS is assessed after one year with two written exams lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each and each exam carries equal weighting.
The A-Level is assessed after two years with three written exams lasting 2 hours each and each exam
carries equal weighting. There is no coursework in both AS and A2. Practical skills are taught throughout the course with allocated exam marks based on practical skills.
GCSE Grade B in Core Science and Additional Science OR GCSE Grade B in Chemistry and Physics if Triple Science is taken. GCSE Grade 6 in English and Maths.