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Physics - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

At Thornleigh we follow the AQA ‘A’ Specifcation. The AS modules develop ideas from GCSE as well as looking at concepts that will not have been taught before.

The topics covered at AS include forces and motion, energy transfers, current electricity, wave-particle duality and classification of particles.  At A2 you will cover further mechanics, phenomena involved with gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, thermal physics and an optional topic.

Studying physics at A Level will give you a better insight into the world around you from the very smallest (quarks and leptons) to the biggest (stars, black holes and galaxies) as well as covering the interactions that link all of these things. You will also complete a variety of practical work with a wide range of equipment from high precision measuring devices to state of the art data logging equipment.

Course content

Unit 1:  Particles and Quantum Physics

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics

Unit 5: Nuclear and Thermal Physics.

Optional Unit: Medical Physics

Unit 3 and 6 are Investigative and Practical Skills Assessment.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


Both AS and A2 are structured in a similar way. You will sit an exam in January and one in June, each exam is worth 40% of the marks available in that year. The final 20% of the marks in each year comes from an internally assessed practical procedure with a corresponding test paper.

Future opportunities

Having A Level Physics on your résumé or UCAS application is always advantageous whether the area you are applying for is linked directly to the subject or not. Employers and universities appreciate and understand that the skills gained through studying Physics are transferable to and valuable in many areas of work and further study.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

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: 30 September 2015
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