Why Should I Study This Subject?
Physics at AS Level builds on students’ knowledge of forces, motion & waves and introduces students to concepts in nuclear physics and quantum mechanics. It encourages students to put their knowledge of physics on a more mathematical foundation, in preparation for the study of any science at degree level.
What Will I Study?
Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves
Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills
Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics
Unit 5: Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and an optional topic
Unit 6: Investigative Practical Skills in A2 Physics
A2 Level takes the study of electricity and magnetism, gravitation and circular motion further and introduces simple harmonic motion and a mathematical understanding of temperature. The study of an optional topic allows students to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of one of the following branches of physics:
A. Astronomy and cosmology
B. Medical Physics
C. Applied Physics
D. Turning Points in Physics
How Will I Be Assessed?
80% examination of modular units
AQA Physics further details can be found on the following website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/a-level/science/physics-a.php
What Can I do Next?
A range of careers and higher education courses in physics and engineering as well as the medical sciences. Qualifications in physics are also valued in the financial sector, due to the applicability of mathematical techniques to economics at high level.
What Grades Will I Need?
8 GCSE grades A*- C with at least a grade A or B in English and Mathematics and a grade A*- A in Core Science and a grade A*- B in Additional Science, or A* - B in Triple Science. It is recommended that A Level Mathematics be studied in conjunction with A-level Physics.