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A-Level Physics Level 3 | GCE AS Level in Physics A

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Summary

Physics is at the forefront of our understanding of how the world works and what makes the universe tick. Within this course, which is rich in practical work, you will develop your analytical skills and learn about a wide range of scientific concepts and current thinking. Physics is the study of the whole range of science that deals with matter and energy and the relationship between them. It is a science subject, so practical work is an important element and will be assessed throughout the course. This leads to a practical endorsement alongside the modules of the A-level. The six modules covered are: development of practical skills; foundations of physics; forces and motion; electrons, waves and photons; the Newtonian world and astrophysics; and particles and medical physics.

Year 1 content:

This will be taught and examined in the first year of the course.

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

  • Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations of physics

  • Physical quantities and units
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Measurements

      Module 3 – Forces and motion

      • Motion
      • Forces in action
      • Work, energy and power
      • Materials
      • Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

      Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

      • Charge and current
      • Energy, power and resistance
      • Electrical circuits
      • Waves
      • Quantum physics

      Year 1 assessment:

      The AS in Physics will be assessed by two written exams (each 90 minutes long) at the end of the first year.

      Year 2 content:

      This will be taught over two years (the first-year content is identical to AS Physics) and examined at the end of the second year.

      Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

      • Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

      Module 2 – Foundations of physics

      • Physical quantities and units
      • Scalars and vectors
      • Measurements

      Module 3 – Forces and motion

      • Motion
      • Forces in action
      • Work, energy and power
      • Materials
      • Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

      Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

      • Charge and current
      • Energy, power and resistance
      • Electrical circuits
      • Waves
      • Quantum physics

      Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

      • Thermal physics
      • Circular motion
      • Oscillations
      • Gravitational fields
      • Astrophysics

      Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

      • Capacitors
      • Electric fields
      • Electromagnetism
      • Nuclear and particle physics
      • Medical imaging

      Year 2 assessment:

      The A-level in Physics will be assessed by three written exams (two of 135 minutes and one of 90 minutes) at the end of the second year.

    • How will I know how I am doing?

      Year 1:

      • Two 90-minute written exams

      Year 2:

      • Two 135-minute written exams
      • One 90-minute written exam

      What do I need to join?

      To study this course, you will need five GCSEs at grade 4–9, including English and Maths. You must also have a grade 7 in GCSE Maths and GCSE Physics (or 7-7 in Combined Science); or a grade 6 in Maths; plus a grade 6 in Physics (or 6-6 in Combined Science), plus an entrance exam. You should be studying AS Maths alongside AS Physics.

      Previous work

      Work Experience

      You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.

      What can I do next?

      A-level Physics is an important qualification for many careers. Many students go on to university, some to study physics, others to study a range of different courses, including medicine, engineering, electronics, computing, accountancy, etc. If studied at a degree level and beyond, this can result in almost guaranteed employment, as the demand for careers in the professions physics leads to is so extensive.

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      Course information last updated: Tuesday 19th January 2021 @ 8.30am (19 hours ago)

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