Physics: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mr. Gurchetan Shoker

Why study Physics?

• To explain how and why things behave as they do in the world around us

• To explore fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and what things are actually made from

• Physics is a good starting point for many jobs and for many areas of further study at University.

What’s it all about?

In the first year of the course we study:

• Forces and motion – mechanics, momentum, materials, forces, energy and power

• Electrons and photons – circuits, electromagnetism, waves, quantum physics.

In the second year of the course we study:

• Newtonian World – circular motion, gravitational fields, oscillations, astrophysics, thermal physics

• Fields, Particles and Medical Physics – electrical and magnetic fields, capacitors, radioactivity, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging

• Practical Skills are developed in both years: practical skills, analysis and evaluation of data.

When will I be assessed?

The exams are at the end of the course in May or June and all the papers assess both theory and practical skills

• The AS level qualification has two exams: Paper 1 has both multiple choice questions and longer structured questions and Paper 2 has longer structured questions

• The A Level qualification has three exams: Papers 1 and 2 have both multiple choice questions and longer structured questions and Paper 3 has longer structured questions

Practical work is also assessed by carrying out 12 practical activities through the course. It is assessed by the teacher and awarded a Pass or Fail but there are no marks that count towards the final A level grade.

What could it lead to?

• Physics A Level is a useful and often essential qualification for many University courses

• It is very useful for careers in areas such as engineering (mechanical, civil, aeronautical, space etc), electronics, ICT, robotics, astronomy, medicine, architecture, meteorology, telecommunications, astronomy and many other areas of industry that involve technology

• Physics students will often go into careers not directly related to physics such as finance and business because a physics A level is valued.

Additional entry requirements?

• Automatic entry requires at least AA GCSE Science. Students achieving BB will usually be allowed to progress to A level Physics after interview with the Head of Subject. You will need to have a grade C or higher in Maths and English GCSE. (A level Physics students do not have to do A level Maths to study Physics).