Physics AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School
Physics plays an enormous role in our understanding of
why many of the processes we see on Earth (and
beyond) occur. It gives us an insight into both the
benefits and risks of many physical processes, such as
radioactivity and electricity. However, it also enables
students to express their mathematical understanding of
concepts such as forces, cosmology and quantum theory.
As with any A Level science course, practical work forms
a large part of our lesson time at this level. However, this
is not assessed as a separate unit, but incorporated into
the written examinations.
Although all students sit the AS Physics papers at the
end of Year 12, they do not contribute towards the overall
A Level total. This is all achieved with examinations at the
end of Year 13. However, the AS examinations give good
guidance in terms of potential to complete the A Level
course successfully, and will also provide universities with
a good guide about your potential overall grade in this
At A2 there is a separate qualification to demonstrate
practical competence in Physics, although this does not
contribute to the overall A Level score.
You can expect to:
• Undertake practical work, including planning,
obtaining results, analysing and evaluating.
• Explain the nature of physical processes.
• Perform calculations.
• Discuss theoretical aspects of Physics.
• Produce presentations about topics in Physics.
Grade B or above in GCSE Physics or A in Additional Science. Grade A or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Where does it lead?
Physics is accepted worldwide as being a demanding and
rigorous qualification at A Level. Apart from the more
obvious employment opportunities in areas such as
engineering and medicine, physics is also an avenue into
a number of sectors of work, including law and
Other useful information
• Our A2 students are invited to go on a trip to CERN in
Geneva in the Autumn Term. The cost is usually in the
region of £300-£400.
• Further advice about textbooks to be used will be
given at the start of Year 12.
Students’ views …
“Inspired greater interest in the subject.”
“A variety of visual aids and experiments were used to
“Supported me, answered my questions, and helped me
when I was stuck!”
“Opportunity for lunchtime and after school advice and
revision was invaluable.”
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.