Physics

Qualification
AS & A2
Results
A* - B grade: 47% (2018)
Awarding Body
WJEC

Course Overview

The AS course combines the best of the ‘traditional’ Physics topics such as mechanics, materials, electricity and radiation with the most modern of ideas involving astronomy, quantum and particle Physics. The A2 course allows for the development of physics in medical setting, whilst at the same time including the essential and fundamental topics of fields, nuclear physics, and kinetic theory.

How is the Course Assessed?

AS Level (year 1) - 40% of qualification

Unit 1: Motion, Energy & Matter (20%)

90 minute written paper

Mix of short and extended answer questions with some in a practical context

 

Unit 2: Electricity & Light (20%)

90 minute written paper

Mix of short and extended answer questions with some in a practical context

 

A2 Level (year 2) - 60% of qualification

Unit 3: Oscillations & Nuclei (25%)

2hr 15min written exam split into two sections:

Section A: Mix of short and extended answer questions with some in a practical content.

Section B: One comprehension-style question.

 

Unit 4: Fields & Medical Physics (25%)

2hr written exam split into two sections:

Section A: Mix of short and extended answer questions with some in a practical context.

Section B: Medical Physics questions.

 

Unit 5: Practical Physics (10%)

Experimental task and analysis task completed individually in the Physics laboratory under exam conditions.

 

All examinations for A Level Physics are held in May/June. Students are expected to have a record of all practical skills development in a ‘lab book’ that is kept in College.

What Next?

The full A Level in Physics provides the basis for students who wish to proceed to Higher Education to study Physics, Engineering, Materials Science, Geophysics, Medicine, Veterinary Science and other scientific careers. 

A famous quote by the late Professor Richard Feynman of Caltech ‘If you are a physicist you can be everything.’ Quite simply Physics is regarded very highly as a qualification by employers and Higher Education. It does not restrict students’ progression in any career as it enhances their qualification profile.

Specific Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs A* - C including either GCSE Physics (higher tier) grade B or above, or at least grade BB in double award Science. 
 
GCSE Mathematics grade A is required. English Language grade C (higher tier) or above is also required

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