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A2 Physics at Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College

Course description

Do you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between? How about understanding how the technology around you works? Want to save the planet or maybe just help people get better when they are ill? Or maybe you don’t care about any of this and just want to earn lots of money? Well it doesn’t really matter. Whatever you do, the knowledge and skills you gain by studying physics will be useful.

Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

Physics is a demanding subject that would be of interest to those that are prepared to develop skills that will allow them to give descriptions of the underlying concepts and principals that predict the physical world.

For this, students will develop skills of evaluation, insight and analysis. They will be able to demonstrate good practical skills and investigate relationships in a systematic and methodical manner and work with a high level of organisation to improve their accuracy. Students will be able to rationalise and describe abstract concepts in a logical method using clear trains of thought that will allow them to link theory to practice and share their work with others.

Course content

Core content

1 Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and radiation

3 Waves

4 Mechanics and materials

5 Electricity

6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics


9 Astrophysics

10 Medical physics

11 Engineering physics

12 Turning points in physics

13 Electronics

Entry requirements

5 x A* to C GCSEs

INCLUDING at least a grade B in Science AND grade C in English & Mathematics


AS level

2 papers each of 90 mins Paper 1 – Units 1-5

Paper 2 – Units 1-5

Each are worth 50% of final mark

A level

3 papers each of 2 hours

Paper 1 – Units 1-5 + part of unit 6 (35% of final mark)

Paper 2 – Part of unit 6 plus units 7 and 8 (35% of final mark)

Paper 3 – Part 1 has a practical analysis and data section. Part 2 covers 1 of the option units (30% of final mark)

Further information

See Mr Lewis

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September