The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of physical concepts, an understanding of scientific methods and increase awareness of advances in technology relevant to physics. The course also strives to recognise the value and responsible use of Physics in society and to address the many technological advances accomplished through Physics research.
How will it be assessed?
Physics A-level, two year linear course. There are 5 units in Year 12 and a further 8 units in Year 13. Practical work is an integral part of A level and skills are assessed within the question papers.
Paper 1: sections 1–5 and 6.1 (Periodic Motion). Written exam: 2 hours (34% of A-level).
Paper 2: Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8. Written exam: 2 hours (34% of A-level)
Paper 3 Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9-13.
Written exam, 2 hours (32% of A-level)
Where will it lead?
Top degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Physics are: Maths, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Economics & Business.
Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: geophysicist/field seismologist; healthcare scientist, medical physics; higher education lecturer; radiation protection practitioner; research scientist (physical sciences); scientific laboratory technician; secondary school teacher; meteorologist; operational researcher; patent attorney; product/process development scientist, systems developer; technical author.
You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more. The opportunities are endless.
The A-level group is competing for a space design competition that is run by NASA.
Educational trips include a residential visit to CERN in Geneva.
At least GCSE grade 6-6 in Double award. If separate Sciences are studied at GCSE, at least 6-6-5, with grade 6 in Physics. Students must also achieve at least grade 6 in GCSE Maths.