Why study this subject?
Physics is the study of energy and matter and the interaction between the two. Students will develop a broad range of analytical and experimental skills as they try to answer fundamental questions about the mechanics of the universe.. Physics students will gain an insight into the applications of science in engineering, astronomy and medicine in the form of practical skills and problem solving techniques.
Where can this subject lead?
Physics provides students with a wealth of theoretical and experimental experience, as well as mathematical applications to a variety of physical scenarios. Many students choose to apply for science-based courses at university where their physics background will provide opportunities to study any science at a higher level, including engineering, civil engineering, medicine, astronomy, construction, and aviation. An increasing number of students are looking at higher level and degree level apprenticeships in industries such as mechanical engineering.
How is the course assessed?
There are six modules taught over the two years with three external written exam papers. The final A Level is based on 100% external exams.
Modelling physics - (2h15mins, 37% of A-level)
Exploring physics - (2h15mins, 37% of A-level)
Unified physics - (1h30mins, 26% of A-level)
Modelling Physics: Assesses understanding of practical skills, foundations of physics, forces and motion, Newtonian World and astrophysics, through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended response questions.
Exploring Physics: Assesses understanding of practical skills, foundations of physics, electrons, waves and photons, particle physics and medical physics, through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended response questions.
Unified Physics: Assesses all topics from the course through short answer questions and extended response questions.
There is a separate Practical Endorsement which is assessed by the teacher throughout the course. A pass in the Practical Endorsement will be reported on the certificate alongside the final exam grade.
Five standard passes at GCSE (at least a Grade 4). This must include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Maths at GCSE.
Students will need to gain at least a Grade 4 in the subjects they would like to study at A Level.
Literature: requires at least a Grade 5 in English (Literature or Language).
Maths: requires at least a Grade 6 in maths.
• For those students who have studied Combined Science at least two Grade 5s will be required.
• For those students who have studied Triple Science at least two Grade 5s will be required with at least a Grade 5 in the science subject/s they wish to study at A Level.