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Physics A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

Physics is at the heart of everything and is a highly rewarding discipline to study at school, university and beyond. Physics explores questions like how did the universe begin? How will it end? What is a black hole? Is time travel possible? No other subject covers such a breadth of scale - from the constituents of the atom to the shape of the universe. If you have an enquiring mind, always asking why things happen, then physics will help you find the answers. It forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the future to global well being. The course has a good balance of practical and theory, mixed with a wide range of teaching and learning styles.


Unit 1 - Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity (PHYA1)
Written exam (1¼ hours)
40% of AS, 20% of A Level marks

Unit 2 - Mechanics, Materials and Waves (PHYA2)
Written exam (1¼ hours)
40% of AS, 20% of A-level

Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics (PHYA3)
Centre Assessed Unit
20% of AS, 10% of A-level

Unit 4 - Fields and Further Mechanics (PHYA4)
Written exam (1¾ hours)
20% of A-level

Unit 5 - Nuclear and Thermal Physics and one of theses options:
A - Astrophysics (PHA5A)
B - Medical Physics (PHA5B)
C - Applied Physics (PHA5C)
D - Turning Points in Physics (PHA5D)
Written exam (1¾ hours)
20% of A-level

Unit 6 - Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics (PHYA6)
Centre Assessed Unit
10% of A- level

Future opportunities

Not just a wide range of scientific, medical and engineering careers, but anywhere a logical, thorough approach is valued.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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