What kind of student would enjoy this course?
If you are attracted to the idea that a very small number of theories can help explain and predict what will happen in a huge range of situations you will enjoy A-Level Physics. Grade B GCSE in Mathematics and Physics or Science & Additional Science or equivalent are required for this course.
What will I study?
The A-Level Physics course builds upon the areas of study introduced at GCSE: Forces, Waves, Electricity and Radioactivity. The subject content is relevant to the real world, aiming to nurture a passion for Physics as well as lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering. You will have many opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality.
Measurements and their errors (analysis and evaluation of practical work); Particles & radiation; Waves; Mechanics & materials; Electricity
Further Mechanics & Thermal Physics; Fields & their consequences; Nuclear Physics. Plus a choice from the following: Astrophysics; Medical Physics; Engineering Physics; Turning points in Physics; Electronics.
Understanding and interpretation of practical work are assessed within the written exams accounting for 15% of the total marks. Practical skills are internally assessed and indicated as a pass on the certificate. The AS and A-Level are stand-alone qualifications with A-Level grades based on exam results received at the end of the course.
What skills will I learn?
You will develop your thinking skills and imagination as well as your ability to calculate and estimate. You will also become adept at working with a wide range of apparatus and at drawing meaningful conclusions from data.
What could I do at the end of my course?
A-Level Physics provides an excellent foundation for studying sciences, medicine and engineering at university; it is also good preparation for courses such as finance, law and business.