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Physics AS A2 at The Duston School

Course description

Physics is the study of matter and energy and the relationship between these two. The study of Physics covers the entire Universe(!), and the variety of topics studied at A1 and `A` Level gives a greater opportunity for students to delve into the many areas that fall within the very broad confines of the subject.

Course content

An AS or `A` Level in Physics will extend GCSE Physics and the Physics component of a GCSE balanced Science Double Award course. The can include the study of Radioactivity, Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Waves and the Universe.

AS Physics is for students who:

  • Want to go on to the full `A` Level.
  • Want a grounding in a relevant worthwhile qualification of recognised value.
  • Want to broaden their educational experience before making a decision about which `A` Levels to take.
  • Are taking `A` Levels in other Sciences and/or Maths or other relevant courses and want to take another course that will support their studies.

AS Level

Unit 1 - Forces and Motion - This leads on directly from GCSE studies and coves vectors and scalons, kinematics, dynamics, forces, power, deformation of solids and car safety.

Unit 2 - Electrons and Photons - This includes electric current, circuits, electromagnetism, electromagnetic waves and quantum physics.

Unit 3 - Wave Properties and Practical Test - This includes reflection, retraction, vibrations and superposition.

A2 Level

Unit 4 - Forces, Fields and Energy - This includes dynamics, energy, circular motion, oscillators, gravitational and electric fields, capacities, electromagnetic induction, thermal physics, the atom and radioactivity.

Unit 5 - Nuclear and Particle Physics - Includes the nucleus, nuclear fission and fusion, matter and antimatter, fundamental particles.

Unit 6 - Unifying Concepts and Practical Test

Entry requirements

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that you will have developed in GCSE Science. Students are expected to have achieved at least a GCSE grade C in Physics and CC in Science (Double Award) or equivalent.

You will also need a grade C in GCSE Maths.


AS Level

Unit 1 - Exam of one hour (30% of AS)

Unit 2 - Exam of one hour (30% of AS)

Unit 3 - Exam of 45 minutes (20% of AS) and Practical Exam of 1 hour 30 minutes (20% of AS)

A2 Level

Unit 4 - Exam of one hour 30 minutes (18% of A2)

Unit 2 - Exam of one hour 30 minutes (15% of A2)

Unit 3 - Exam of one hour 15 minutes and Practical Exam of 1 hour 30 minutes

Future opportunities

Physics leads to a wider range of courses and careers. You could go on to use Physics to support other qualifications, progress onto further studies or employment. This could be:

  • From a Higher National Programme (HNC & HND) to degree level.
  • Courses ranging from Physics, the Sciences and Medicine to Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering and related programmes.
  • Employment in the area of radiography and biotechnology are possible examples.

Further information

Following any Science course in the Sixth Form can be of benefit in supporting studies in Maths, Geography, Technology and Computing.

AS or `A` Level Physics will support AS or `A` Level studies in Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Computing and Design. It will provide a good education in logical thinking, analytical techniques, practical skills and becoming up-to-date in scientific thinking - becoming scientifically literate. It will enable you to develop Key Skills, which will be essential in whatever you go on to do afterwards.

For further details please contact Mr P McFadden or Mr D Acaster.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Duston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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