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Physics AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School

Course description

Course overview

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Physics or A in Additional Science. Grade A or above in GCSE Mathematics.


100% examination.

Future opportunities

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

Further information

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

explain theories.”

“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.

Last updated date: 19 November 2015
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