Subject Area: Sciences
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
GCSE Grade B in both Core and Additional Science (in some circumstances a grade C in Core and A in Additional may be accepted), or grade B in Physics, and also Maths at GCSE grade 6 or above.
What will I study?
Physics is the study of the world of matter and energy and is a key part of Science and Technology. It seeks to explain everything from the interior of the atom up to the largest galaxies in the universe, and involves both living and non-living things. This course will enable you to understand some of the main ideas and methods of Physics and learn to apply your knowledge to solve problems.
FIRST YEAR OF A LEVEL
You will study measurements and errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials and electricity.
SECOND YEAR OF A LEVEL
You will study further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences, nuclear physics and astrophysics. Whilst the A Level grade is based solely on written papers, physics is fundamentally a practical subject and 15% of the marks relate to practical work. You will undertake a total of 12 formal practical experiments to develop your skills and forge links with theory, during which your competency in a range of skill areas will be assessed. If all are achieved your certificate
will be endorsed at the end of the course.
A level Physics is an essential requirement for many courses and areas of employment and could lead to careers in any of the following fields: Engineering, Medicine and Medical Physics, Industry (electronics, aerospace, automotive), Meteorology, Computing, Material Science, Scientific Civil Service (research, patents, defence), Communications, Environmental Physics (radiation, pollution control), Education, and Geophysics (mining, oil prospecting) and many more.