Physics A Level
What will I learn?
- Mechanics – Forces, motion, energy and the links between them
- Electrical Circuits – Fundamental understanding of how circuits work
- Materials Science – Aerodynamics, fluid flow and the behaviour of materials under tension and compression
- Waves – Standing waves, Refraction, Polarisation and many more wave properties
- Nature of Light – Wave-particle duality and the strange world of quantum physics
- Further Mechanics – Circular motion and momentum
- Fields – Electric, Magnetic and Gravitational Fields
- Nuclear and Particle Physics – The physics of the fundamental building blocks of matter
- Thermodynamics – Heating and cooling of materials
- Astrophysics – Interstellar measurements, dark matter and the fate of the universe
- Radioactivity – Radioactive decay, fission and fusion
- Vibrations – Simple harmonic motion and oscillating systems
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 preferred; also GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above. GCSE points average of 5.7 or above.
A-Level Physics students are strongly advised to undertake A-Level Maths as well.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
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%
Series of assessments or practical skills which are reported separated 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.
Additional Learning Opportunities
You will be able to participate in the British Physics Olympiad competition, join student led, science based societies and have opportunity to go on a trip to see the LHC particle collider at CERN in Switzerland.
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 or another scientific subject at university. Physics studies develop many transferable skills which are valued by employers.
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