Physics

Science

PHYSICS AS / A2

COURSE CONTENT

  • Unit 1 – Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
  • Unit 2 – Mechanics, Materials and Waves
  • Unit 3 – AS Investigative Skills Assessment
  • Unit 4 – Fields and Further Mechanics
  • Unit 5 – Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and Astrophysics
  • Unit 6 – A2 Investigative Skills Assessment

EXAMINATION

AS

  • Unit 1 Written examination (1¼ hrs) Unit weight = 40%
  • Unit 2 Written examination (1¼ hrs) Unit weight = 40%
  • Unit 3 In class investigation and assessment Unit weight = 20%

A2

  • Unit 4 Written examination (1¾ hrs) Unit weight = 40%
  • Unit 5 Written examination – includes Astrophysics unit (1¾ hrs) Unit weight = 40%
  • Unit 6 In class investigation and assessment Unit weight = 20%

Examination Board – WJEC

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

This course would be most suitable for students who have taken either Physics GCSE or Additional Science at GCSE and achieved a high grade for their Physics examinations and students who find Physics a challenging and interesting subject. The grade requirement would be a minimum grade B at GCSE in either Physics or Additional Science. It is advised that pupils also take AS Mathematics and they must have at least a B grade at GCSE

WHAT IS THE COURSE STYLE?

This course is a traditional style A Level, with an investigative skills assessment in each year where students are expected to work independently and troubleshoot their own problems. The course design is favoured by many of the top universities. The AS course builds on the Physics learnt at GCSE and is mathematically demanding. (AS Mathematics is strongly encouraged.) The A2 course is very challenging in terms of concepts and yet again, the Maths involved is of a high level. It gives students a wide range of progression options into employment or further study.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A Level Physics provides students with a wide range of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the course are well equipped to move onto degree course in related subjects. Employers of Physics graduates include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry. Industries employing physicists include aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas, science, communication, space exploration and telecommunications. Physics graduates not directly using their physics degree are, nevertheless, well equipped to pursue careers in a range of sectors such as IT and consultancy, the environmental industry, accountancy and other financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities.