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Physics AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

Students must be able to assimilate information and then apply their knowledge and understanding to interpret and explain physics concepts in a variety of contexts. Teaching includes a variety of styles and includes practical work.

Students will need to work independently during the course and develop their learning skills which will be an essential skill in any further studies.

There will be opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of the subject with university events and a visit to CERN in Switzerland. Students are expected to make a financial contribution towards the cost of this trip.

Course content

The AS course covers measurements and their errors; particles and radiation; mechanics and materials; waves and electricity. In addition to the material covered in the AS course the A2 course also includes further mechanics and thermal physics; fields and their consequences; nuclear physics and an optional topic e.g. astrophysics or medical physics.

A number of practical skills will also be gained throughout the course including manipulating equipment and materials, taking measurements and processing data.

Entry requirements

Students must have two grade B passes in GCSE Science (core), Separate Sciences (including Physics), or Additional Science. Students should also have achieved a minimum grade B pass in Mathematics due to the mathematical content.

An interest in the subject is also essential and students will be expected to support classwork with background reading.


The AS course will be assessed with 2 one and a half hour exams at the end of Y12. The A2 course will be assessed with 3 two hour exams at the end of Y13, each exam covering material from both years of the course as well as practical skills.

Future opportunities

The course provides excellent opportunities for further degree study and a wide range of careers in areas where there is national shortage of skilled personnel, e.g. Medical Physics, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and many, many, more!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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