Summary of course content:

The course consists of 6 modules of work.

The unit titles are:

  1. Development of practical skills in physics
  2. Foundations of physics
  3. Forces and motion
  4. Electrons, waves and photons
  5. Newtonian world and astrophysics
  6.  Particles and medical physics

The practical skills element (module 1) will be conducted during both years and will be assessed in the terminal exams. Modules 2, 3 and 4 are studied in year 12. Modules 5 and 6 are studied in year 13

A Level Assessment

There are three exams at the end of the A level course. Paper 1 assesses content from units 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the final marks; paper 2 assesses content from units 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is also worth 37% of the final marks; paper 3 assesses content from units 1 to 6 and is worth 26% of the final marks. Papers 1 and 2 are 2 hours and 15 minutes in length, while paper 3 is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Studying physics can help you to develop a range of skills that can be applied in many areas, both scientific and non -technical. These skills include: problem solving – with a pragmatic and analytical approach, reasoning – constructing logical arguments, applying analytical skills and grasping complex problems.

You will need to have a genuine interest and a desire to understand the physical world around us in more detail; How did the universe form? What is matter made from? How do the forces of nature work? What science lies behind the amazing technological advances of the last few generations? Why is quantum physics so strange?

You must also have a willingness to read around the subject and appreciate that lessons are only a starting point for the development of your knowledge and understanding. You must be highly motivated and be able to work both independently and within a team. You must show a willingness to constantly learn and revise the content covered during the course.

Progression and Career routes:

Physics is a seriously useful subject for the majority of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers and you’ll find physicists everywhere, in industry, transport, government universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies, research labs and more.

How to access this course:

You will require two Science or individual science subject grades at Grade 6. A grade 6 in Maths is also advisable.