Physics AS/A Level

Physics AS/A Level

In the AS course you will extend your study of a number of familiar topics from GCSE Science, such as mechanics, electricity and waves. The course also includes some exciting new topics in quantum and particle physics. An extended practical session each week will reinforce your learning and develop you experimental skills

The first year of the A level course is the same as the AS course. In the second year you will study further mechanics topics, the properties of electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, and nuclear and thermal physics. You will also study an option topic of your choice.

6-6 in GCSE Combined Science or grade 6 in GCSE Physics, plus grade 6 in GCSE Maths. You are also strongly recommended to take AS or A Level Maths alongside Physics.
Assessment at both levels is 100% by examination, including questions which will test application of practical skills. There will also be a separate endorsement of practical work for the full A level.
Physics is recommended for many Scientific, Engineering and Caring professions. Physics is essential for degree courses in Astronomy, Computer Technology, Engineering, Geophysics, Meteorology and Physics itself.

You are strongly recommended to combine the subject with Mathematics to at least AS level. For a Science career, research has shown that the combination Maths, Physics and Chemistry is the most versatile.

It is also possible to take Physics as a complementary course with other Arts and Humanities subjects, however you should ideally still take Maths to keep your career options open.