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Physics AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description


The syllabus provides an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physics principles which inspires students, nurtures a passion for physics and lays the groundwork for further study in science or engineering. Practical work is at the heart of the specification.

Physics students develop many transferable skills such as logical thinking, problem solving, team working and excellent practical skills through plenty of hands-on experiences ranging from discussions, practical and problem solving activities, and calculations to peer teaching a topic which your group has researched.

Course content


AS Physics lasts one year, with exams at the end. A-level Physics lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. The course outline:

AS and first year of A-level (co-taught): Measurements and their errors; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and energy; and Electricity.

Second year of A-level: Further mechanics and thermal physics; Fields; Nuclear physics; plus one option (subject to availability) from Astrophysics; Medical physics; Engineering physics; Turning points in physics; and Electronics.

Practical Work: Students will be required to complete 6 compulsory practical activities for the AS and 12 for the A level. The skills developed in these and other practical activities will be examined in the routine examination papers. There is no practical exam session or coursework.

Entry requirements


Students who have successfully completed GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science courses in Key Stage 4 at the Higher level or GCSE Physics as a separate subject will have received sufficient grounding in Physics to enable them to study AS/A level Physics. GCSE Science alone, Applied Science or BTEC courses do NOT provide adequate preparation. Certain aspects are normally required by students if they are to cope with the demands of Physics at this level:

At least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science or in GCSE Physics.

At least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. The mathematical demand of the new course has been increased and students must be confident that they can handle the mathematical component (40%) of A level Physics particularly algebra, trigonometry and graphical work.

• A minimum grade C in English Language.

• It is advantageous but not essential for students to study AS/A Mathematics. Students not taking Mathematics will be required to take the new level 3 Mathematical Skills (Core Maths) course to develop their mathematical skills.



AS Assessment: Two 90 minute written papers both of which cover the whole AS content.

A level Assessment: Three 2 hour papers: Paper 1 covers AS content and periodic motion; Paper 2 covers year 2 A level content but assumes paper 1 knowledge; Paper 3 covers practical skills, data analysis and the option studied.

Future opportunities


Physicists try to understand how the universe works. Learning about and understanding the latest discoveries in science can be very satisfying! Physics influences everything, from cancer treatment, computers and phones to sportswear, renewable energy and weather forecasting.

Studying physics develops many transferable skills and can open up many different career pathways. In particular Physics provides a firm grounding for engineering (essential), mathematics, electronics, many aspects of IT, other sciences, environmental work, architecture, medicine and veterinary science.

It is a facilitating subject for the Russell Group universities. Physics opens up a world of diverse opportunities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

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