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Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

6 in Physics Higher Tier only and a 6 in Maths, or 6/6 in Science Higher Tier and 6 in Maths.


Subject description:

Physics is used to solve problems – health, environmental, social and technological. It’s about practical applications in the world around us but also involves concepts such as the origins of the universe and the smallest building blocks of the cosmos. You may wish to consider combining Physics with another Science or Maths course.


Units studied:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills: planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.


Module 2 - Foundation of Physics: physical quantities, units, measurements, scalars and vectors.


Module 3 - Forces and motion: motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, materials.


Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons: charge and current, energy, power and resistance electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics.


Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics: thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields.


Module 6 - Particles and medical physics: capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging.


How the course is assessed:

Paper 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

2 hr 15 min (37%).


Paper 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 plus any material appropriately flagged within the specification form modules 3 and 5.

2 hr 15 min (37%).


Paper 3 assesses content from modules 1 to 6. 90 min



Practical endorsement for Physics. This does not count towards the final grade, but will show on the exam certificate as practical skills pass or fail.


Post-18 opportunities:

Physics can be used to gain entry to careers such as science, technology, law, commerce, engineering and education, to give just a few examples.


Teacher responsible:   Mr S Lucking.