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Physics AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

“I think physicists are the Peter Pans of the human race. They never grow up and they keep their curiosity.”
Isidor Isaac Rabi

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Albert Einstein

Physics is a challenging but rewarding subject covering everything from the birth of the Universe to the death of stars, from the tiniest sub-atomic particle to the entire Cosmos.

Physics at this level is a subject for a thinking person. The course is structured so as to foster the knowledge and understanding of concepts rather than simply the ability to remember facts. This clearly should be to the liking of any student who enjoys developing basic ideas and applying them to new situations.

This course provides a smooth transition from GCSE Physics or GCSE Science / Additional Science to the AS qualification in the first year. Students can then progress to the A-Level course. This specification encourages students to;

  • Increase their understanding and skills in exciting and imaginative Practical sessions
  • Develop a deeper knowledge of what makes everything happen
  • Develop their mathematical ability
  • Discuss and understand the challenging concepts studied

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least a B at GCSE in Physics and Mathematics. Studying AS level Maths would be an advantage, but Maths ‘catch up’ sessions will be available.


AS Level

  • Paper 1 - Tests sections 1-5 Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity Mechanics, materials and Waves 
    Written examination 1 hour 30 min
  • Paper 2 - Tests sections 1-5 including practical skills and data analysis
    Written examination 1 hour 30 min

A Level

  • Paper 1 - Tests section 1-5 and 6.1 periodic motion
    Written examination 2 hours
  • Paper 2 - Tests section 6.2 and 7-8 Further mechanics, Nuclear and Thermal Physics and Astrophysics
    Written examination 2 hours
  • Paper 3 - Astrophysics, practical skills and data analysis
    Written examination 2 hours

Future opportunities

Physics is especially useful for scientific, engineering and medical careers. It is also a qualification that would provide an excellent demonstration of your mental skills for any subject at Higher Education. Other pathways open to Physicists are medical, forensics, aeronautics, pharmacy, engineering and computing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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