Physics A-Level CourseScience

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Introduction to Physics


If you are a student interested in the natural world and want to deepen your understanding of the rules that the physical world follows, you will enjoy this course. Studying Physics provides a desirable background for many degree courses including engineering and is also an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers relating to science. We highly recommend that you select
A-Level Mathematics to complement your understanding of certain aspects of the course.

The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities and discussions, completing numerical tasks, practical experimental work and research ideas. At times you will be expected to work in a group and at other times individually. Whilst studying this subject you are automatically enrolled onto our Science Academy enrichment programme in order to generate a real experience of science, as well as studying in your curriculum time. Under this umbrella, there will be opportunities to attend study days, lectures and master classes.

Teaching & Assessment

Year 12
Paper 1 : Any content from topics 1– 5, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minute, 70 marks, 50% of AS.
Paper 2: Any content from topics 1-5, 1– 4, including relevant practical.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 70 marks, 50% of AS.

Year 13
Paper 1: Sections 1 to 5 and 6.
Written exam: 2 hours,  85 marks, 34% of A-Level.
Paper 2: Sections 6, 7 and 8 and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.
Written exam: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A-Level.
Paper 3: Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13
Written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks 32% of A-Level.

Vocational Progression

A-Level Physicists have great flexibility in the choice of University and in a subsequent career which can include Engineering, Pilot Studies, Planetary Science, Robotics, Radiography, Quantity Surveying, Architecture and Construction, Electronics, Technology and Telecommunications.

This course provides a solid background for most science based degree courses, it is a requirement to at least AS level by some University for courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Construction.

Course Structure

Year 12

• Measurements and their Errors
• Particles and Radiation
• Waves
• Mechanics and Materials
• Electricity

Year 13

• Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
• Fields and their Consequences
• Nuclear Physics

• Astrophysics
• Medical Physics
• Engineering Physics
• Turning Points in Physics
• Electronics