Physics is the most basic and fundamental science; it encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. The A-Level Physics covers a wide range of physics topics from the tiniest scale of sub-atomic particles to the evolution of the cosmos.
The Physics A-Level covers:
- Particles and Quantum Phenomena.
- Mechanics and Energy
- Waves and oscillations
- Properties and uses of materials
How will I be assessed?
There will be two written examinations at the end of Year 12 that will assess you on a subset of the full A-Level content. Each exam will last 90 minutes and will carry 50% of the AS grade.
At the end of Year 13, you will be assessed in all topics covered through three written examinations, each lasting two hours. Two of the examination papers will assess your knowledge and understanding and will each form 35% of your final grade. The third examination paper will consist of questions on practical technique and data analysis; it will form the remaining 30% of your A-Level grade.
Additional Entry Requirements
GCSE Physics: B or
GCSE Core and Additional Science: AB
GCSE Maths: 5
GCSE English: 5
All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.
Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.
Where can this course take me?
Quite simply, anywhere. Physics is a demanding subject, but also offers the key to understanding the mechanisms of how everything around us operates; from both the sub-atomic level to the massive sizes of galaxies, and the universe itself. It will develop your analytical skills, allowing you to appreciate the importance of detail, and develop your ability for both logical and critical thinking. Within the course, you are inherently solving problems and need to be able to articulate these solutions using both precise scientific language and enhancing mathematical skills. To thrive, you will need to be committed, disciplined, organised, and be able to communicate well. All these skills are vital to be successful in any job. Typically, medical students will study Physics at A-Level, as will those working in the banking sector, engineering and technology.