Physics

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KE31
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Physics is a subject for the curious.

If you want to know why things work the way they do, and are willing to put the hard work in to find out, you will find Physics especially satisfying and interesting. Being able to use mathematics and think mathematically is a big advantage for Physicists.

Physics covers everything from the very largest things (the Universe) to the very smallest (sub-nuclear particles).

Physics impacts on every area of our lives:

 From the technology that enables your mobile phone to work to understanding how the human body works, Physics and Physicists are involved.

 From designing buildings to understanding and seeking to minimise climate change, Physics and Physicists are involved.

 From trying to find out if we are alone in the Universe to improving disaster relief, Physics and Physicists are involved.

 From helping banks and governments to manage data securely to helping you manage your time better, Physics and Physicists are involved.


Details

A Level Physics is a two year course which begins by building on and deepening the foundations laid during your GCSEs before then building on these to enable you to understand some of the more interesting areas of Physics and prepare you for future study, should you choose to pursue it.

Y12 Physics

Mechanics

Materials

Electric Circuits

Waves & Particle Nature of Light


Y13 Physics

Further Mechanics

Thermodynamics

Electric & Magnetic Fields

Space

Nuclear & Particle Physics

Nuclear Radiation

Gravitational Fields

Oscillations


How will it be delivered?

  • A Level Physics (end of Y13) contains three exam papers, two with 90 marks covering all the Physics from both years of the course and one of 120 marks covering experimental techniques from throughout the course and the Physics underpinning them.
  • Core Practical and other experiments are embedded throughout the course and successful completion of them will lead to you gaining a Practical Endorsement alongside your A Level.
  •  The A Level exams will also include an examination on experimental techniques.


Entry requirements

To study A Level Physics you will need to have demonstrated that you have a suitable Scientific and Mathematical grounding at GCSE. This means that you need, as a minimum:

• 2 grade 6 Science GCSEs including Physics if taken.

• A Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE.

TO ENSURE YOUR SUBJECT CHOICES FIT INTO THE TIMETABLE PLEASE SEE OUR BLOCKING TIMETABLE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW. SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CHOSEN IN DIFFERENT BLOCKS TO AVOID ANY CLASHES

https://www.kes.sheffield.sch.uk/s/Y12-Subject-Blocks-2021-22-Version-2.pdf


Your next steps...

A Level Physics is seen as a facilitating subject by universities, meaning that it is highly valued as preparing students for Higher Education.  With a qualification in Physics you could go onto work, apprenticeships, or Further or Higher Education.  The following is a list of some of the careers which can be followed with a Physics degree: Astronomy, education, engineering, medicine, meteorology, scientific research, nanotechnology, space exploration and telecommunications, although the problem solving and mathematical skills developed enable students to go into a very wide range of jobs. 

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