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Physics A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

Are you interested in how the universe works? Physics is the basis of our understanding of the universe and can reveal the fundamental physical processes within it. If you have an enquiring mind with good mathematical skills then physics will provide you with a basis for further study and employment in many modern technological and engineering based subjects.

Course content

Five modules are studied at AS level.

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

A further four modules are studied at A2 level. 

  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  2. Fields and their consequences
  3. Nuclear physics
  4. Astrophysics

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or higher, including a grade B or above in GCSE Science or Physics and Mathematics. It is also preferable to study mathematics at AS level.



  • Paper 1: 90 min written exam (50% of AS level)
  • Paper 2: 90 min written exam (50% of AS level)


  • Paper 1: 120 min written exam (34% of A-level)
  • Paper 2: 120 min written exam (34% of A-level)
  • Paper 3: 120 min written exam (32% of A-level)

Practical Skills. Practical skills will be assessed on the papers above

The Practical Endorsement: In the A2 year students will perform a number of practical tasks as part of their learning on the course.

Their successful completion of these experiments will result in them being awarded the Practical Endorsement on their fi nal A2 qualifi cation.

Note: The AS papers will no longer count towards the A-level grade for students who complete the A2 course. The questions in the A2 papers will be more demanding than the questions in the AS papers.

Future opportunities

Physics is highly regarded for entry into many higher education courses. Also, the career opportunities are as vast as the subject itself due, in part, to the transferable skills gained whilst studying physics. Physicists work in some of the highest paid sectors of industry, including fi nance, telecommunications and the electrical industry. Physicists are also found working in many diverse areas such as research and development, medicine, astronomy, meteorology, geology and particle physics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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