What does the course involve?
This Physics course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other, develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills, develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject and understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
AS Topics: Development of practical skills, physical quantities and units, motion, forces, energy, materials, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics
A2 Topics: Thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, electromagnetism, astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging
How will you learn?
Much of the course is taught but students will also carry out practical work, exam questions and presentations.
What exams and coursework are involved?
The AS exams only contribute to the AS grade, not to the A level
Breadth in Physics; all AS work assessed, making up 50% of the AS grade
Depth in Physics; all AS work assessed, making up 50% of the AS grade
The A level exams are as follows
Modelling Physics; assesses all the Year 12 work and one module from Year 13, makes up 37% of the A level
Exploring Physics; assesses all the Year 12 work and the other module from Year 13, makes up 37% of the A level
Unified Physics; assesses all the work from the two years, makes up 26% of the A level
A level practical endorsement; requires students to have carried out a minimum of 12 practical activities, gaining a grade of a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ separate to the exam. In both the AS and A level understanding of practical skills will be tested in the exams and make up 15% of the marks.
What are the entry requirements?
A minimum of grade Bs in Science GCSEs, or a grade B in GCSE Physics. 6 in Mathematics. It is also recommended that students continue with some form of Mathematics eg. Level 3 Core Maths if not taking Mathematics. Please note that GCSE Applied Science is not suitable for entry to Science A level.
What could you do after completing the course?
Physics is valuable for a wide range of careers including Communications, Medicine, Medical Physics, Sound Technology, Aerospace, Astronomy, Engineering, Meteorology, Scientific Journalism, Scientific Research, Financial Modelling, Materials and Food Science. If you do not eventually enter a physics based career, you may be sure that your qualification in A/AS Level Physics will still be highly regarded.