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AS/A2 Physics at St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

The course builds on and extends the knowledge gained in GCSE Science studies. The AS modules allow for a more gradual progression to post GCSE work whilst maintaining scientific and academic rigour.

Course content

What will I learn?

The full A Level consists of two years, with all examination taking place at the end of the course. There is still an option to complete an AS Physics qualification but this will not contribute to the full A Level.

The first year of the course consists of 5 topics:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Paricles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

The above units will also contribute to the standalone AS Physics course.

The second year of hte course consists of 3 core and 1 optional unit:

         6. Further Mechanics and thermal physics

         7.Fields and their consequences

         8.Nuclear physics

One option chosen from:

         9. Astrophysics

        10.Medical physics

        11.Engineering physics

        12.Turning points in physics


There are also 12 core practicals that must be completed during the course, which will be examined on a written paper.

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grade passes in GCSE subjects including English & Maths


GCSE A grade will be required for Maths, Physics & Chemistry. At least a GCSE B grade will be required for Biology & Modern Languages with a B in a Science subject required for Psychology.


The full A Level Physics will be assessed at the end of the two years, there is no coursework. There will be 3 papers each of which will be 2 hours long.

Paper 1 -Topics 1 to 5 (see "what i will learn")

Paper 2- Topics 6 to 8(see "what i will learn")

Paper 3- Practical skills and data analysis(based upon the compulsory practical work) and the option

If the AS Physics is sat in the first year, the assessment for this will consist of two papers, each 1.5 hours long:

Paper 1 -Topics 1 to 5 (see "what i will learn")

Paper 2- Topics 1 to 5 (see "what i will lean") and practical skills nd data analysis (based upon the compulsory practical work)

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Physics is a valuable qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers. The number of careers involving Physics is vast, from medical Physics to engineering, to optometry and architecture.

Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Liz Todd (Trinity Progress Manager)
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882936
    • Email address: