The Physics A Level course build upon the student’s knowledge and understanding gained during GCSE studies in Physics. Both years are divided into modules but are assessed at the end of the respective courses.
In year 12 students study five compulsory units covering a range of physical principles and practical skills. There are an additional 4 compulsory units and an optional block in Year 13 that utilises our departmental specialism, Astrophysics.
Unit 1 Measurements and their errors
Unit 2 Particles and radiation
Unit 3 Waves
Unit 4 Mechanics and energy
Unit 5 Electricity
Unit 6 Further mechanics
Unit 7 Thermal physics
Unit 8 Fields
Unit 9 Nuclear physics
Unit 10 Optional module - Astrophysics
The A Level course is assessed in three 2 hour examinations. Paper one assesses Year 12 content (units 2-5) and unit 6; paper 2 comprises unit 7-9 (but assumes knowledge from 2-5); paper three covers practical and date analysis skills from unit 1 and the Astrophysics unit. The A Level course itself contains twelve required practical activities which are assessed in the exams and result in a seperate "Practical Endorsement" as evidence of the skills students have required.
GCSE grade 6 in Physics or 6 and 6 in Combined Award Science and GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics
Students develop skills in problem solving, applying knowledge, analysing data, as well as gaining the practical skills needed for university and future careers.
The course lays the foundation for any further study of physics or engineering related subjects in higher education.
Possible careers include: engineering, astronomy, medicine, electronics, computing, manufacturing, veterinary science.