Introduction to the course
Physics is the most fundamental of Sciences. It aims to explore the topics of matter and energy in the world and how they are related. The course is designed to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for the subject and builds the foundations for a further study of Physics and related careers. We offer a two year full A Level course so Physics students will not sit any external exams until the end of Year 13.
Coursework is no longer assessed separately however there are at least 12 core practical assessments which must be carried out and passed throughout the course.
Knowledge of these will be assessed in written examinations.
Standard entry requirements including: GCSE Core and Additional Science (grade B) or GCSE Physics (grade B). Mathematics (grade 7) is also required due to the high mathematical content in Physics.
Students will study measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials and electricity in year 12. In year 13, the topics studied are further mechanics, thermal physics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics. Many of the concepts in year 13 will build upon the knowledge of previous topics.
Students will also be given a practical endorsement for Physics. This is separate to the A level grade. Students will be assessed by the school and will be awarded a pass or fail for this element of the course.
Year 12 internal exams
Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam which is worth 50%. This is based on the year 12 topics and is made of short and long answer questions.
Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam which is worth 50%. This is also based on the year 12 topics but is split into multiple choice, short and long answer questions and long answer questions on practical skills.
Year 13 external exams
Students will sit three written papers with a total time of 6 hours.
Future Career Progression
Other subjects that can be studied with Physics are: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. These are popular useful companion subjects for Physics. A-level Physics opens the way to studies and careers in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Radiography and Medical Physics, Medicine, Dentistry, Materials Science, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Food Science, Physiotherapy, Materials Science, Geography, Geophysics etc. Physics is an essential companion subject for students studying other Physical Science based subjects including all forms of Engineering. Physics is also desirable to a wide range of Non-Scientific careers such as Finance, Banking and Actuary related careers.