Physics A Level

About the Course

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience. Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including: investigating interference and diffraction of laser light; measuring acceleration due to gravity; investigating systems that oscillate; investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure; safe use of ionising radiation; investigating magnetic fields. These practical's will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you'll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Exam Board

There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practical's will be assessed. There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A Level Physics are based on what you learned in your practicals.

Requirements

High B grades in Physics or Additional Science examinations and level 6 in Maths GCSE.

Course Content

Year 12: Measurements and their errors; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and energy; Electricity. Year 13: Further mechanics and thermal physics; Fields; Nuclear physics; Astrophysics.

Beyond the Classroom

You should read scientific articles in the news.

Your Future

Studying this course will leave you with the required skills for the following professions: Geophysicist/field seismologist; Healthcare scientist, medical physics; Higher education lecturer; Radiation protection practitioner; Research scientist (physical sciences); Scientific laboratory technician; Secondary school teacher. Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Meteorologist, Operational researcher, Patent attorney Product/process development scientist, Systems developer, Technical author, Financial sector or Investment banking Accountant.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mr K Williams
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