Physics AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
view If you choose to study Physics you will learn
something about the workings of nature – from the
smallest sub-atomic particles to the processes at
work in the largest stars and galaxies. Your
imagination will be challenged and you will develop
your ability to express ideas in writing and also your
ability to handle the ‘language’ of mathematics.
The Physics A level course has been designed to
provide a natural transition from the material
covered at GCSE and to encourage and excite
interest and enthusiasm for the subject.
Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity.
The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and
photons; hadrons and leptons; quarks;
photelectricity; wave-particle duality;
Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves.
Mechanics, including motion along a straight line;
projectiles; Newton’s Laws of Motion; properties
of materials; waves - including diffraction and
Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills.
Unit 4: Fields and Further Physics.
Momentum; uniform circular motion; simple
harmonic motion; gravitational and electrical ﬁelds;
capacitors; electromagnetic induction.
Unit 5: Nuclear and Thermal Physics plus Astrophysics.
Probing the nucleus; nuclear instability; kinetic
theory; optical and radio telescopes; Doppler Effect;
Hubble’s Law; Quasars.
Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills.
An A grade in Additional Science or Physics plus a
grade B in Mathematics are essential for entry onto
this course. GCSE Science alone is not a suitable basis
for this A level.
You will work independently to produce a written
report on each practical assignment. Practical work
on a regular basis is intended to encourage you to
display initiative in researching your experiments
prior to the laboratory sessions, as well as to develop
the skills of making careful observations and
measurements, processing data, analysing results
and evaluation – all of which are assessed in
Units 3 and 6.
Physics as an A level course is a well respected
qualiﬁcation and a pass at this level will certainly be
highly regarded by university admissions tutors (in any
discipline) and also by prospective employers.
Physics at A level is a sound basis for careers in a
wide range of ﬁelds such as physics research,
engineering, the teaching profession, ICT, astronomy,
medical physics and even areas such as molecular
biology, ﬁnance, banking and government.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.