What will you study
You will start off with the basics of the subject and go into more detail as time progresses
At AS Level:
PH1 – Basic units, motion, energy and charge. This will cover topics such as S.1. units, forces, kinematics and electricity.
PH2 – Waves and particles. In this module you will study light and waves, photons, particles and matter through to radiation and the universe, thus covering some of the more modern aspects
of the subject.
PH3 – Practical Physics
At A Level:
PH4 – Oscillations and fields; the subject matter encompasses momentum, simple harmonic motion, thermal physics, electrostatic and gravitational fields and applications to the solar system and beyond.
PH5 – Electromagnetism, nuclei and options. This module includes capacitors, B-fields, electromagnetic induction and radioactivity plus one optional topic from a choice of five. There is also a comprehension type question in this module.
PH6 – Practical skills.
Who is the course for?
Physics is all around us, so in that sense it is for everyone! However, it is particularly suitable for those who wish to follow careers in pure or Applied Science, engineering etc. Because Physics is a logical subject it is also appropriate for those who wish to follow that type of discipline.
You will need GCSE double award science or single science grades of at least C grade, preferably at higher tier. In addition a good level of attainment in mathematics is highly desirable. Applied Science is not an appropriate entry qualification for A Level Physics.
How you will be assessed
You will sit two examinations in June of your AS year, plus a practical examination in May. There will be a further two examinations in June of your A Level year plus another practical examinations preceding these.
Physics is ideal if you want to study courses such as medicine, dentistry, engineering (in its many forms), as well as further study in the subject itself. If you do not wish to go on to higher education you will have developed valuable skills needed in a wide variety of jobs and professions.