Physics

What will you do on this course?

The study of Physics provides an insight into  the fundamental laws of the Universe, as well as providing an excellent understanding of physics applications in the modern world. You  will carry out a variety of experiments and develop skills in using a range of measuring instruments. It should be noted that Physics at this level has a mathematical heart.

How will you be assessed?

AS Level

An AS in Physics will be completed in one year and the student will sit all the AS examinations at the end of the AS course.

Subject Content:

  • Measurement and errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Two exams of 1 hour 30 minutes each.

After an AS course it would be possible to complete an A Level course.

A Level

Subject content:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • The chosen option for this course will be astrophysics

Assessed by:

Three papers will be made up of short and long answer questions

Paper 1: 2 hours - 34% of A Level. Topics 1-5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion).

Paper 2: 2 hours - 34% of A Level. Topics 6.2, 7 and 8, along with assumed knowledge from topics 1-5 and 25 multiple choice questions

Paper 3: 2 hours - 32% of A Level. Two sections:

Section A: 45 marks practical skills and data analysis

Section B 35 marks on optional topic Astrophysics Students who undertook the AS examination and then decided to complete the A Level course would still have to take Paper 1 at the end of the A Level course even though it is mainly made up of the AS content.

What could this course lead to?

A Level Physics is highly regarded as an excellent preparation for university courses in engineering, the medical sciences and mathematics, as well as being essential for further studies in Physics and Astrophysics.

What syllabus do you follow?

AQA