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Physics AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

Physics explains the properties of matter and energy and their interaction throughout the universe. This course will help you to develop a clearer understanding of the underlying principles of an increasingly technological world. You will develop your ability to apply physical principles and concepts to dealing with everyday problems that require logical and lateral thinking. You will be able to make judgements on the validity of given information and you will further your practical skills. 

Course content

During year 12, students will study two units, building on concepts of motion, forces, energy, waves and electricity from GCSE.

Students will use trigonometry and vectors to express motion in 2D situations and link this with projectile motion. They will gain a more in depth understanding of Newton’s laws. They will look at conservation of energy and the changes of both kinetic and potential energy. Students will investigate material science in both solids and liquids.

In the waves topic they will look more closely at how waves interact with each other (interference) and how they change when they pass through objects (refraction and diffraction). In electricity the focus will be on resistivity and the idea of internal resistance of power cells. During this topic they will investigate for the first time the particle nature of light and uses in chemical analysis.

Year 13 builds on these topics where students will study two further units.

There is no coursework and mathematical questions will comprise 40% of the exam paper.


100% written examination.

Core practicals will be conducted throughout the year under guidance. These core practicals lead to a scientific practical certification and will be assessed as part of the written examinations.

Date(s) of Assessment


Future opportunities

A range of careers and higher education courses in engineering, architecture, mathematics, actuarial science, physics, and astrophysics. It can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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