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Physics

Examination Board & Course code: EDEXCEL Physics A Level 9PH01

Why choose to study Physics?

Physics is an exciting and fascinating subject where students gain a satisfying experience, understanding every day concepts and encounters. Having Maths in conjunction with Physics is really beneficial, due to the mathematical nature of Physics, however a good command of English is just as important.

Physicists need to understand the fundamentals of our Universe. This cannot be explained through equations and formulae alone, but through thought, deep analysis and imagination. Much of the Physics you learn throughout A Level, builds on knowledge learnt at GCSE, knowing the basic concepts learnt at lower levels ensures the course is fun, accessible and challenging.

Physics is different from most subjects, every lesson is different and new, and therefore, boredom is not an option! There are many exciting experiments in Physics, which are easy and simple to follow and the logic behind the concepts is most definitely satisfying. You will need to leave behind your preconceptions and be prepared to engage with some mind blowing concepts which challenge common sense and basic understanding of our Universe.

If you wish to understand the way the world we live in works, then Physics is highly recommended, an exciting and satisfying subject to say the least! It contributes not only to those wishing to follow a career path in Physics or Engineering, but also possesses many of the same analytical skills needed for other career paths, such as Law, Medicine and Finance.

Assessment

Unit/module

Level

Type of assessment

Weighting

Advanced Physics 1

A

Examination

30%

Advanced Physics 2

A

Examination

30%

General & Practical Principles in Physics

A

Examination

40%

 

Higher education opportunities            

Medicine; Mathematics; Physical and Natural Sciences and Computer Sciences

Course outline

Paper 1: Advanced Physics 1

  • Mechanics
  • Electric circuits
  • Further mechanics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Paper 2: Advanced Physics II

  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillation

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics

  • Synoptic questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Essential student qualifications/Abilities

  • Grade B or above in GCSE Core & Additional Science
  • Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics
  • Problem solving skills and an analytical mind.

Desirable student qualifications/Abilities

An interest in scientific phenomena; basic practical skills in science; and problem solving skills

Grade B or above in GCSE English

Career opportunities

Physics or Engineering, but also possesses many of the same analytical skills needed for other career paths, such as Law, Medicine and Finance. 

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