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A Level Physics

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Physics A Level
Code PH
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Investigate the fundamental principles of how the universe works.

Physics is a rewarding study for those of you with an inquiring mind. It is also the basis on which all forms of technology are built. The course seeks to promote a sound understanding and application of physical concepts along with self-reliance in tackling independent tasks, both theoretical and practical.

Growth of logical and numerical ability accompanies the development of the subject material and goes hand-in-hand with your development, increasing your responsibility for your own learning. Such skills are important in all future forms of professional activity and particularly so in those areas which require a predominantly logical or numerate approach.

Physics is a fascinating subject and, whilst it can be studied at higher education in its own right, it is also taken by those wishing to go on to engineering courses, medical courses, architecture or degrees in other science areas and it is a widely accepted qualification for any area which requires numeracy or logical thought.

''Lessons are really engaging as the teachers are all complete Physics enthusiasts. They constantly find interesting ways to support and extend our learning such as lunchtime talks, workshops and practical experiments.” CLAUDIA, Physics student.

 

Details

Topics
Year 12

  • Measurements and their errors.
  • Particles and radiation.
  • Waves.
  • Mechanics and materials.
  • Electricity.

    You will develop your practical skills, including planning experiments, selecting and using appropriate apparatus, analysing and evaluating data and researching and reporting.

Year 13 

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics. 
  • Fields and their consequences.
  • Nuclear physics.
  • Turning points in physics.

How will it be delivered?

Three written exams are taken at the end of Year 13 that examine your knowledge and understanding of the topics studied in Year 12 and Year 13. The exams will involve problem-solving, calculations and extended responses. The papers will also include questions that assess your practical skills.


Practical Endorsement
Your practical skills will be continually assessed throughout the two years of this course and count towards the Practical Endorsement. Note: the Practical Endorsement is reported separately from the grade achieved in the written papers.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 7 in Physics OR 7/7 in Combined Science AND Mathematics

Science Adjusted Admissions Score applies


Your next steps...

Physics is a fascinating subject and whilst it can be studied at higher education in its own right, it is also commonly studied by those wishing to go on to engineering courses, medical courses, architecture or degrees in other science areas and it is a widely accepted qualification for any area which requires numeracy or logical thought.

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