A Level Physics
Physics is a subject of enormous breadth. It examines the workings of the Universe with its billions of stars and ranges down to the behaviour of tiny particles inside atoms from which we and everything around us is made. Areas of study include natural philosophy and raise many questions that current research seeks to answer. There has never been a more exciting time as regards the development of new ideas in Physics.
The Edexcel A Level Physics course gives an excellent introduction into all aspects of Physics.
Practical experimental skills are considered very important and these are developed in the science laboratories, using the most up-to-date materials available, with computer links. A wide range of scientific literature, internet and video sources are used to promote the discussion of important developments in the world of Physics.
The course structure
Unit 1 Written exam 80 minutes
Unit 2 Written exam 80 minutes
Unit 3 Case study�
Unit 1 – Physics On The Go
Mechanics and materials.
Unit 2 – Physics At Work
Waves, introduction to electricity and wave/particle duality.
Unit 3 – Exploring Physics
Practical experiment based on case study or a Physics-related visit.
Unit 4 Written exam 95 minutes
Unit 5 Written exam 95 minutes
Unit 6 Practical
Unit 4 – Physics On The Move
More mechanics (circular motion and momentum), electromagnetic fields, particle physics.
Unit 5 – Physics From Creation To Collapse
Thermal energy, nuclear decay, astrophysics and cosmology.
Unit 6 – Experimental Physics
Planning and undertaking an experiment and analysing the results
Am I suited?
You will be suited if you:
• enjoyed GCSE sciences
• have good mathematical skills
• enjoy practical experiments to test theories
• can think logically to solve problems
Subject complements and where does it lead?
Physics is very well suited to a combination with Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. Any student wishing to study Medicine at university would ideally take all four at AS Level, continuing with Physics, Chemistry and Biology to full A Level.
Languages can be combined if a career in engineering or computing is desired.
Can be taken with Mathematics and, say, Economics, Business Studies or Law, for numerate careers in financial services.