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Physics AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

Physics is the study of properties and interactions of matter and energy. Our understanding of many features of the everyday world relies on knowledge drawn from the ideas and methods of physics. In this course the basic principles of physics are introduced and, through example, placed in the context of the world in which physics is used. The course also introduces the different scales of physicists’ interests, from planets to atoms. Venturing into the field of Particle Physics provides students with a new interest and dimension to their knowledge of the subject. Some of the things studied in the particle physics unit are the nucleus including particles, antiparticles and photons, hadrons and leptons; the quark model; Quantum phenomena including photoelectricity, energy levels and photon emission and wave particle duality. 

Physics is a science course and therefore has a practical component.  

Entry requirements

Students will need to have achieved a ‘C’ in English as well as a ‘B’ in Maths and ‘BB’ in Science at GCSE in order to study this subject at AS level.

You will need to achieve at least a grade ‘D’ at AS level in order to guarantee progression onto the A2 course. 

Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential.  You will be required to complete independent research and study. You will need to complete all homework on time and to the required standard. You are expected to take responsibility for your revision and attend any support sessions which are offered when preparing for the examination. 


Assessment is though externally set written examinations and internally assessed practical examinations. 

Future opportunities

Possible links to employment include engineering, medical physics, meteorology, computing, material science and environmental physics.  

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September