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Physics

  PHYSICS
Course Content

There are 6 modules within the Biology courses, the first 4 modules are covered in AS Level Physics, and all 6 are taught in A Level Physics.

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 – Foundations of Physics

Physical quantities and units; making measurements and analysing data; and nature of quantities.

Module 3 – Forces and Motion

Motion; forces in action; work, energy and power; materials; and Newton’s law of motion and momentum.

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Charge and current; energy, power and resistance; electrical circuits; waves and quantum physics.

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

Thermal physics; circular motion; oscillations; gravitational fields and astrophysics

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Capacitors; electric fields; electromagnetism; nuclear and particle physics and medical imaging.

Examination Details

AS Level

There will be 2 examination papers equating to 3 hours of exams at the end of the course.  The exams will cover core biology concepts and their applications, as well assessing understanding of practicals.  40% of the question paper will assess mathematical skills.

A Level

There will be 3 examination papers equating to 6 hours of exams at the end of the course.  The exams will cover core biology concepts and their applications, as well assessing understanding of practicals.  40% of the question paper will assess mathematical skills.  There are a number of practicals that you must complete as a part of this course, that in themselves do not carry any marks, but must be evidenced as completed.

Career Pathways

A Level Physics is a good basis for a degree in physics, maths, engineering (including electrical/mechanical/civil…) Other areas physics may lead to include careers in aerospace, nuclear power generation, automotive and design.  Due to the problem solving nature of Physics there are many transferable skills that can be used in a vast array of industries.

Entry Criteria

Grade B or above in Physics, or Grades BB or above in Core and Additional Science.  Maths at Grade 6 is also essential.