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Physics

A-Level

Physicists seek theory and laws that explain why all matter and energy in the universe exists, where it comes from and how it behaves. Taking physics at A-level will help you further develop your problem solving, research, analytical and application skills from your GCSE courses. The course covers a wider range of topics that include the foundations of physics, Newtonian world and astrophysics, forces and motion. Physics provides access to many careers in science-based professions such as Engineering, Meteorology, Medical Physics and Material Science as well as to many other non-science based professions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade B in Higher Tier preferably including additional and/or triple science.

Year 1

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills.
    • Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
  • Module 2: Foundations of physics.
    • Physical quantities and units, making measurements and analysing data, nature of quantities
  • Module 3: Forces and motion.
    • Motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons.
    • Charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics.

Year 2

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills.
    • Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
  • Module 2: Foundations of physics.
    • Physical quantities and units, making measurements and analysing data, nature of quantities
  • Module 3: Forces and motion.
    • Motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons.
    • Charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics.
  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics.
    • Thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics.
  •  Module 6: Particles and medical physics.
    • Capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging.

Year 1 Physics

Exam 1 – Breadth in Physics (01) | 1 hour 30 minutes written paper | 50% of total Year 1

Exam 2 – Depth in Physics (02) | 1 hour 30 minutes written paper | 50% of total Year 1

Year 2 Physics

Exam 1 – Modelling physics (01) |  2 hour 15 minutes written paper | 37% of total Year 2 (100 marks)

Exam 2 – Exploring physics (02) | 2 hour 15 minutes written paper | 37% of total Year 2 (100 marks)

Exam 3 – Unified physics (03) | 1 hour 30 minutes written paper | 26% of total Year 2 (70 marks)

Physics

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Students achieving Grade A* - B

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