Course content
In the AS course students learn the fundamental principles in physics upon which all concepts are built. For example, predicting and modeling motion in two dimensions such as the motion of a ski jumper. Students will also describe material properties and explain how they behave under different forces; for example why toffee stretches but glass smashes. Finally, students explore the philosophical nature of quantum mechanics and wave particle duality.
The A level course develops the fundamental concepts further, such as explaining circular motion and collisions in two dimensions. However, it also enables students to access the cutting edge of modern physics such as cosmology, nuclear, medical and particle physics. As students progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.
There are numerous opportunities for practical activities throughout the course and they contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement (for A level only) as well as enhancing students’ understanding of physics theory and practical skills. Students will demonstrate development of their practical skills via a log book.
Level |
Unit |
Unit title |
Method of Assessment |
Weighting |
AS |
1 |
Breadth in Physics |
Written Paper |
50% of AS |
AS |
2 |
Depth in Physics |
Written Paper |
50% of AS |
A |
1 |
Modelling Physics |
Written Paper |
37% of A |
A |
2 |
Exploring Physics |
Written Paper |
37% of A |
A |
3 |
Unified Physics |
Written Paper |
26% of A |
A |
4 |
Practical Endorsement |
Non-examined |
12 practical activities over 2 years |