A Level Physics

 

 SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSGrade 6 or above in GCSE physics (separate science) or grades 6-6 or above in combined science: triology and
Grade 6 or above in GCSE mathematics
Students will need to successfully complete a bridging unit in physics over summer.
It is not necessary to study A level maths to be successful in A level physics, but we would strongly recommend that students take A level mathematics.
 CONTENT OF COURSE

A level physics is a popular subject, which appeals to students who have enjoyed and succeeded in GCSE science subjects. It is challenging, but rewarding for those students who are prepared to work hard to understand the ideas and content covered. 

Year 12

  • Measurement and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Electricity

Year 13 - All of the Year 12 content, with the addition of

  • Nuclear physics
  • Astronomy

Practical skills and analysis will be taught in the weekly practical lesson, and examined in the theory exam at the end of the course.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS
Three two hours papers. Questions will include long and short answers and multiple choice.
During Year 12 students will sit internal pre-public examinations. Practical skills will be assessed as part of the course, leading to a practical endorsement on the final certificate.
SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSION
Although some A level physicists go on to read for a physics degree, most follow courses in engineering, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. In all these disciplines physics is an important foundation.