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Physics AS and A level at Brentside High School

Course description

At AS level the course covers mechanics, electrical circuits, materials and the wave and particle nature of light. AS level physics is essentially a practical subject and during the course you will carry out many practical activities.  


At A level the course covers further mechanics, fields, nuclear and particle physics, thermodynamics and space, nuclear radiation and oscillations. 

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE additional science or grade B in GCSE physics and grade B in GCSE mathematics


AS level is assessed by two examinations. Practical work will be assessed through questions in the examination papers. 


A level is assessed by three examinations. The third examination includes questions on work done in practical experiments. Questions involving the use of mathematical skills within physics will contribute to part of the assessment. Additionally, a separate assessment of practical competency will assess the ability of learners in practical skills at A level only. 

Future opportunities

An A level in physics will enable you to follow a range of courses at university, including medicine and most engineering courses. It is recognised by universities and employers as a subject requiring discipline and hard work, which develops advanced skills in abstract reasoning, applying knowledge to new situations, solving problems logically and communicating clearly. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September