Physics A Level
What will I learn?
(50%) Core Physics 1:
Mechanics and Electrical Circuits will consider:
- How Physics helps us analyse sporting activities and collisions
- Physics in the medical industry
- How Physics helps archaeologists find out what is beneath the ground
(50%) Core Physics 2:
Materials Science, Waves and the Nature of Light will consider:
- How musical instruments produce sound and how CDs store data
- The physics involved in the food industry
- How to power satellites efficiently and regulate their temperature
(30%) Advanced Physics 1:
Includes the contents of Core Physics 1 (above) as well as Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics. These will consider:
- The physics needed to keep high speed rail travel safe
- The orbits of planets
- An investigation of modern particle physics and the structure of matter
(30%) Advanced Physics 2:
Includes the contents of Core Physics 2 (above) as well as Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields, and Oscillations. These will consider:
- The physics of earthquakes
- Cosmology and astrophysics
- Addressing the Earth’s energy needs
(40%) General and Practical Principles in Physics:
Synoptic paper including any physics topics from paper 1 or 2. The paper will focus upon assessing conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.
Series of assessments of practical skills which are reported separately and so do not contribute toward the A Level grade. Whether this aspect has been ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ will appear on the A Level certificate alongside the A Level grade.
GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade 6 or above or GCSE Physics at grade 6 or above; also GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above. All AS/A-Level Physics students should also undertake A Level Maths – Mechanics.
With a GCSE points average of 5.7 or above.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
A Level course
Advanced Physics 1 105 minute exam: structured questions. A Level weighting 30%
Advanced Physics 2 105 minute exam: structured questions. A Level weighting 30%
General & Practical 150 minute exam: structured and open writing tasks. A Level weighting 40%
Additional Learning Opportunities
You will be able to enrol onto the Scary Physics scheme; you can also participate in the Physics Olympiad competition.
Who is this course aimed at?
Physics is attractive to students who:
- are looking for a science or engineering based career
- enjoy problem solving and can work logically
- are interested in how the Universe works from the nanoscale physics of particles and quantum effects to immeasurably large scales involved in cosmological physics
- enjoy using mathematical skills to approach a problem
Most students go on to engineering careers and/or study of Physics at university. Physics studies develop many transferable skills which are valued by employers.
- A Level
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