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Physics AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

We are all born with the urge to understand the world around us. One of the first words we learn to say is ‘Why?’ and then, a little later ‘How?’ So you have probably asked in your time ‘Why is the sky blue?’, ‘How does a mobile phone work?’, ‘How does the Sun keep on shining?’, ‘What is dark matter?’ amongst other questions. If you find that the more answers you are given or discover, the more questions you want to ask, then you could well be a physicist in the making and you should certainly consider studying Physics at A Level. Physics opens doors to a wider range of careers than almost any other subject. So if you are ambitious, if you enjoy a challenge and solving problems, Physics could be the right choice for you.


Course content

Year 1

Examination 1

Measurements and their errors

Particles and radiation Waves

Mechanics and materials Electricity

Assessment Information

70 mark question paper from chapter 1-5 50% of AS qualification

Examination 2 20 mark practical skills question, 20 marks from chapters 1-5 and 30 marks multiple choice

Assessment Information

50% of AS qualification

Year 2

Examintion 1

Measurements and their errors

Particles and radiation Waves

Mechanics and materials


Assessment Information

60 mark question from Chapter 1-5 and 25 multiple choice questions 34% of A2 qualification

Examination 2

Further mechanics and thermal physics

Fields and their consequences

Nuclear physics

Assessment Information

60 mark questions from chapter 6-8 and 25 multiple choice questions 34% of A2 qualification

Exam 3

Options topic : Either;


Medical Physics

Engineering Physics

Turning points in Physics


Assessment Information

45 marks on practical experiments and data analysis and 35 marks on option topic 32% of A2 qualification

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE Core and Additional Science or in 2 Triple Sciences and A* - B in GCSE Mathematics


See Course Content for full assessment information.


Future opportunities

Physics provides a route into many careers and university courses. A level Physics is required to study physics, engineering, aeronautics and astronomy and is highly valued by most other courses. Physics provides an entry into a wide range of industries: IT, manufacturing, agriculture, energy production, communications, medicine, broadcasting, sport, finance, marketing, robotics and business. Few other subjects offer such a wealth of employment possibilities. Indeed, Physics is relevant to almost every job.

Further information

The course combines well with several AS and A2 level subjects including Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Geography, Psychology, PE, Sociology, Music Technology and Graphic Products.

Student Quote

Physics at Heathfield has given me a fascinating insight into the fundamental workings of the universe.  I love quarks!  Staff are incredibly helpful.”  Iain Mitchell

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: AQA 7407 / 7408
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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