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Physics AS/A2 Level at Woodlands School

Course description


Physics is quite simply the study of how our Universe works; if you study Physics our aim is for you to push the boundaries of your knowledge and understanding from the tiniest sub-atomic particle to the extreme Physics at the edge of the visible Universe. Not only that, but everything in between; the Physics you study will help you understand the mechanics of motion, space, electricity, engineering, satellites, space technology and the IT revolution.

Course content


Programme of Study at AS Level

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity. (40%)

We look at in detail at circuit analysis, the building blocks of our Universe, the Large Hadron Collider,

anti-matter and other quantum phenomena.

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves. (40%)

This unit focuses on how objects move, exchange energy and collide using detailed mathematics.

You will learn how waves transfer energy and why objects bend, stretch and break.

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills. (20%)

These are assessed throughout the course and with two Individual Skills Assessments, these are carried out over two hours under exam conditions.


Programme of Study at A2 Level

Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics. (40%)

This unit extends AS mechanics to include momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion.

You will compare magnetic, gravitational and electric fields and discover their applications.

Unit 5: Astrophysics, Nuclear and Thermal Physics. (40%)

You will be classifying stars and studying the extreme Physics of black holes and the early Universe.

You will expand your knowledge of particle physics, heat energy and gas laws and their applications.

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills. (20%)

Assessed the same way as AS; higher level skills and interpretation of data are expected.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirement is 2 grade Bs in Science at GCSE and a grade B in Mathematics at GCSE.


Exam for each unit.

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodlands School directly.

Last updated date: 13 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Year