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Physics A Level at The Ashcombe School

Course description

Reformed subject

Why study the subject?

This course will provide a sound knowledge of the principles of physics and advanced scientific method, desirable for life in a scientific and technological society. As well as being an essential qualification for entry to many Higher Education courses, it is also particularly relevant if you are considering a career involving Engineering, Communications and Media, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Computing, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Nursing, Forestry, Meteorology and V.S.O. (Voluntary Service Overseas).

Course content

Physics is concerned with understanding how and why the world around us behaves as it does, and the course is taught with this in mind. Emphasis is placed on active questioning, subsequent debate, experimental work and investigation, and the ability to reason problems in a logical way.

Students will be following the Physics A specification, a content-led approach, where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As students progress through the course, they will build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to areas from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. Physics A content is split into six teaching modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A-level. The modules can be summarised as:

Module 1: Development of practical skills.

Module 2: Foundations of physics.

Module 3: Forces and motion.

Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons.

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics.

Module 6: Particles and medical physics. 

Entry requirements

If this idea of Physics appeals to you, then you may wish to consider it as an A-level choice. Hard work, interest, curiosity and at least 2 Grade Cs in Core Science and Additional Science and a grade C in Mathematics. In line with the National trend in Further/Higher Education and employment, the Department would particularly welcome and wish to encourage female students considering Physics as an A-level subject.


At AS Level: 

Papers 1 (Breadth in Physics) and 2 (Depth in Physics) can assess any content from Modules 1 to 4, using Multiple Choice and Structured Questions.

At A-level:

Paper 1 (Modelling in Physics) assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 using Multiple Choice and Structured Questions.

Paper 2 (Exploring Physics) assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 plus any material appropriately flagged within the specification from Modules 3 and 5, using Structured and Extended Response Questions.

Paper 3 (Unified Physics) assesses content from Modules 1 to 6. 

It is expected that Practical Skills will be demonstrated by students within the Practical Endorsement, a series of 12 practical activities (non-exam assessments), success at which would be reported separately to the A-level grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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