COURSE DETAILS – Teaching and learning follows a concept-led approach. This approach begins with a study of the laws, theories and models of physics and finishes with an exploration of their practical applications.
Paper 1 topics:
Mechanics, Electric circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric & Magnetic fields, Nuclear & Particle Physics.
Paper 2 topics:
Thermodynamics, Materials, Waves & Particle nature of Light, Space, Nuclear radiation, Gravitational Fields, Oscillations.
ASSESSMENT – Topics will be assessed by three written examination papers. Two papers will consist of multiple choice questions, shorter structured questions that will be designed to test mainly knowledge and understanding of the specification content of the particular topics. Longer questions will also test skills of interpretation and evaluation of data or information related to the content of the particular topics. Students may be required to apply their knowledge and understanding of physics to situations that they have not seen before.
The third paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics. For example, a question could ask students to compare electric fields with gravitational fields.
The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practicals.
The course includes the Science Practical Endorsement.
This qualification will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills must be assessed through a minimum of 12 identified practical activities within the course. Students must show practical competency by completing a number of core practicals throughout the course.
The content for Advanced GCE in Physics includes all the content studied at Advanced Subsidiary GCE (Edexcel 8PH0). Advanced GCE in Physics builds on the knowledge, skills, and understanding achieved when studying the Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Physics.
A level physics is suitable for students who:
have an interest in, and enjoy physics;
want to find out about how things in the physical world work;
enjoy applying their mind to solving problems;
enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative, logical thinking;
have preferably achieved a grade 6 in Additional Science or Physics and in Mathematics at Level 2 GCSE.
CAREERS – Physics leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. You could go on to use Physics to support other qualifications or progress onto further studies or employment. This could be:
- from a Higher National programme to degree level;
- courses ranging from Physics, the Sciences, Medicine to Engineering; Chemical Engineering and related programmes;
- employment in the area of radiography, and biotechnology as possible examples.
In fact Physics is recognised as an entry qualification for a wide range of Higher Education courses and employment.