AS and A-Level
Miss J Nutter (Co-Subject Leader Science), Mr C Shepherd
“At Physics A level you have to apply what you have learnt a lot more than at GCSE. You also study some new topics like Particle Physics and Quantum Physics.”
“People are impressed when you say you are studying A level Physics – and there are a lot of different things you can go on to study like Engineering where Physics is needed.”
5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include: GCSE Science & Additional Science Grade B and Maths Grade 6 OR Physics at a B and above & Maths Grade 6
The course can be studied either as an AS-Level course (7407) or as a full A level (7408). The AS-Level course will be taught as the first year of the full A level course.
Studying A Level Physics is demanding but students who work hard and follow up their misconceptions and difficulties with staff often exceed beyond their target grades.
Year 12 Content
Topic 1 Measurements and their errors
Topic 2 Particles and Radiation
Topic 3 Waves
Topic 4 Mechanics and Energy
Topic 5 Electricity
Year 13 Content
Topic 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
Topic 7 Fields
Topic 8 Nuclear Physics
Optional Topic Turning Points in Physics
At the end of Year 12, 2 examinations will be undertaken:
Paper 1 – All AS topics (50%) 1 ½ hours 70 marks
Paper 2 – All AS topics, practical skills and data analysis (50%) 1 ½ hours 70 marks – 20 marks practical skills and data handling, 20 marks all topics and 30 marks multiple choice
There are 6 essential practicals which must be undertaken throughout the year which form a practical skills assessment – this will be awarded as pass or fail and is by continuous assessment.
At the end of Year 13, 3 examinations will be undertaken:
Paper 1 – Topics 1-5 and periodic motion 85 marks (34% of A Level)- 60 marks long and short answers, 25 marks multiple choice.
Paper 2 – Topic 6 -8 85 marks (34% of A Level) )- 60 marks long and short answers, 25 marks multiple choice.
Paper 3 – Practical skills, data analysis and optional topic 80 mark (32% of A Level) – 45 marks on practical skills and data handling, 35 marks on optional topic.
There are 12 essential practicals which must be undertaken throughout the two years which form a practical skills assessment – this will be awarded as pass or fail and is by continuous assessment.
Equipment and Additional Costs
Physics run a non-compulsory trip to CERN biannually. The next trip is scheduled to take place during the academic year 2017-18.
Physics can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of science and non-science courses at Colleges and Universities. Physics is clearly a requirement for degree courses in Physics, and is strongly recommended for degree courses in Design and Engineering disciplines and certain Medical courses (such as Radiography). It is also a useful qualification for other Science and Mathematical degree courses. Physicists are highly sought after in a wide range of careers.