“Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you“
Physics is the most basic and fundamental science; the study of matter and energy. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. The A-Level Physics course covers a wide range of physics topics from the tiniest sub-atomic particles, the strange phenomenon of wave-particle duality and all the way back to the evolution of the cosmos we now exist within.
The Physics A-Level course covers:
- Particles and Quantum Phenomena.
- Mechanics and Energy
- Waves and oscillations
- Properties and uses of materials
How will I be assessed?
There will be two written examinations at the end of Year 12 that will assess you on a subset of the full
A-Level content. Each exam will last 90 minutes and will carry 50% of the AS grade.
At the end of Year 13, you will be assessed in all topics covered through three written examinations, each lasting two hours. Two of the examination papers will assess your knowledge and understanding and will each form 35% of your final grade. The third examination paper will consist of questions on practical technique and data analysis; it will form the remaining 30% of your A-Level grade.
Additional Entry Requirements
- GCSE Physics: Grade 6 or grade 7-6 in Combined Science
- GCSE Maths: 6
- GCSE English: 5
These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.
All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to succeed on this course in Year 13.
Where can this course take me?
Quite simply, anywhere. Physics is a demanding subject, but also offers the key to understanding the mechanisms of how everything around us operates; from at the sub-atomic and quantum levels, to the massive sizes of galaxies and even the universe itself. The course will develop your analytical skills, allowing you to appreciate the importance of detail, as well as developing your ability for both logical and critical thinking. Within the course you are inherently solving problems and need to be able to articulate these solutions using both precise scientific language and enhanced mathematical skills. To thrive you will need to be committed, disciplined and organised, and be able to communicate well. All these skills are vital to be successful in any job. Typically, medical students will study Physics at A-Level, as will those working in the banking sector, engineering and technology.