If you’re interested in the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them, bring out your inventive and industrious nature with A-level physics.
This is one of the most useful courses to study, because most jobs and university courses involve physics in some way! Even if it’s not the exact science that you will learn on this course, employers and university lecturers know that you will have the ability to look at problems and challenges and find solutions.
A-level physics is for you if you are interested in physics or if you simply enjoy it! If you have an interest in progressing onto university on any of the courses listed above, then physics will either be a ‘must have it requirement’ or ‘would be useful if you had it’.
The mathematical skills and knowledge gained through physics can be helpful in a wide variety of careers. An A-level in physics can give access to a wide range of courses at degree level from Engineering to Computer Games Programming and IT.
What will you be learning?
During the year you will cover material regarding particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and energy and electricity. Also, you will have the opportunity to improve your practical skills by looking at measurements of different quantities and dealing with their errors.
During the second year of the A-level you will encounter some new concepts and then apply your year 12 knowledge to solve problems. Topics covered range from further mechanics and thermal physics to fields and nuclear physics. Again, practical work will be carried out to develop skills further.
How is it assessed?
Year 13: 3 external examinations, 100%
Minimum grade B, B in double award GCSE science
Minimum grade B in physics for triple award GCSE science
Minimum grade 6 in GCSE maths