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A Level Physics

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

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

Overview

Physics is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy. It is a fundamental science that underpins our understanding of everything from the incredibly tiny to the astronomically large. Physics is concerned with fundamental questions such as:

  • How did the Universe begin?
  • What is the Universe made of?
  • What rules govern the behaviour of matter and energy?

Modern technology is based on the discoveries and research of physicists. A-Level physics can prepare you for a suite of careers, including research scientist, medicine, engineering, rocket scientist, nuclear technician, nanotechnologist, particle physicist, architect and many more.

Details

The course is split into 6 modules:

  • Development of practical skills in physics
  • Fundamental data analysis
  • Physics in action
  • Understanding the process
  • Rise and fall of the clockwork universe
  • Field and particle

How will it be delivered?

This is a 2 year course.

3 terminal exams (in year 13):

  • Fundamentals of Physics: 110 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes written paper. Counts for 41% of total A level
  • Scientific literacy in physics: 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes written paper. Counts for 37% of total A level
  • Practical skills in physics: 60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written paper. Counts for 22% of total A level

The first two exams cover specific modules of the course in a lot of depth. The third exam covers the entire course, but in less depth. There are also the practical assessments (Practical Endorsement in physics) which are not exam based and count separately to the A level.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 - 4 to include English & Maths; and Grade 6 or above in Physics or Combined Science.

Your next steps...

A-Level Physics can lead to vocational and university courses and/or prepare you for a suite of careers, including research scientist, medicine, engineering, rocket scientist, nuclear technician, nanotechnologist, particle physicist, architect and many more.

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