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Physics - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you will need Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and Grade 6 in GCSE Science  

Course Introduction:

Physics deals with the forces that shape the world, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to stars and planets. It also deals with the way that forces and energy are used by all of us in our everyday lives.

Course Modules:

First year

Module 1: Development of Practical skills – Practical activities are embedded throughout the course which contribute to the achievement of the practical endorsement as well as enhancing learners’ understanding of physics theory

Module 2: Foundations of Physics – An introduction to physical quantities and their units; making measurements and analysing data

Module 3: Forces and Motion – Mechanics involves the study of how objects move, their velocities and accelerations and the forces that cause them to move. It also deals with the properties of materials.

Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons – This involves the study of electrical circuits, quantum physics and spectra along with the interference and diffraction of light and the basic properties of waves.

Second Year

Module 5: Newtonian World and Astrophysics – This module takes many of the ideas year one further with more on Newton’s Laws of motion and Gravitational Fields including circular motion and oscillations, followed by an introduction to Thermal Physics and Astrophysics and Cosmology.

Module 6: Particles and Medical Physics – This module to some cutting edge Physics including Electric and Magnetic fields, Nuclear Physics with fission, fusion and quark theory, and Medical Imaging.

Assessment:

The course is assessed by three written examinations containing a mixture of multiple choice questions, calculations, short answer questions and extended response questions. There is also a Practical Endorsement which is reported separately and is teacher assessed. Learners complete a minimum of twelve practicals over the two years covering a range of technical skills. Learners record their experiments in a separate file or log book.

Career Opportunities:

Combined with A level Mathematics, Physics provides the foundation for degree courses in Engineering. It combines well with Computing or IT if you are interested in a career in the computer industry. Mathematics, Physics and Economics is a popular combination for careers in finance and accountancy.

Physics, Chemistry and Biology is the most common combination of subjects for Medicine.
Physics is an interesting subject to study in its own right and, combined with other subjects, forms a good basis for careers in all areas of science, business and the professions.