A’LEVEL SUBJECT CONTENT

AS Level

  • AS 1 Forces, Energy and Electricity

  • AS 2 Waves, Photons and Astronomy

  • AS 3 Practical Techniques and Data Analysis

 

 

A2 Level

  • A2 1 Deformation of Solids, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics

  • A2 2 Fields Capacitors and Particle Physics

  • A2 3 Practical Techniques and Data Analysis

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

AS Level                                                       

Unit AS 1 & AS 2:   1 hour 45 minutes examination paper per module      

                                        

Unit AS 3: 2 (1 hour) components                          

Externally assessed practical and a paper requiring analysis of experimental results.                 

                   

A2 Level

Unit A2 1 & A2 2: 2 hour examination paper per module     

Unit A2 3: 2 (1 hour) components

Externally assessed practical and a paper requiring analysis of experimental results

KEY FEATURES

  • Develops pupils’ interest in and enthusiasm for Physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject;

  • Helps pupils develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works;

 

Develops essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

 

RECOMMENDED SUBJECT/S AND GRADES AT GCSE

Minimum: Grade B in GCSE Physics or 75% in the Physics component of Double Award or Applied Science.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

AS/A level Physics provides a relevant basis for work in the fields of:

  • Broadcasting

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Physics

  • Geophysics

  • Information Technology

  • Optics

  • Medicine

  • Meteorology

  • Science

 

OTHER INFORMATION

The specification promotes continuity, coherence and progression within the study of

Physics. For those progressing directly into employment, an AS or A Level award is relevant not only in the fields of science, engineering and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and public service that value problem-solving and practical skills.

 

PHYSICS

 

The specification provides a firm grounding for those wishing to enter higher education courses in Physics, related subjects, and in engineering and electronics. In most of these courses an A Level award is a prerequisite for entry