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Physics AS/A2 Level at ARK Globe Academy

Course description

Year One (AS)

Unit 1: Mechanics

In this unit you will learn about how and why things move and the effect that forces can have on solid materials. There is also a section on car safety.

Unit 2: Waves and Photons

The first part of this unit is about electricity – how we make sense of circuits and how electricity and magnetism can be combined to make a motor. The second section introduces you to the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics and electromagnetic waves.

Unit 3: Practical skills in Physics 1

You will be assessed on your practical and investigative skills which you will have developed during AS Physics. The three tasks (qualitative, quantitative and evaluative) will be completed in lesson time under controlled conditions.

Year Two (A2)

Unit 4: The Newtonian World

This unit is designed to extend your understanding of motion even more so that you explain why things move in circles and what causes objects to vibrate. Also you will study the behaviour of substances when heated.

Unit 5: Fields, Particles and the Frontiers of Physics

In this unit you will discover electric and magnetic fields and learn about medical imaging. You will go from the very small - the structure of the atom, to the very large - the universe.

Unit 6: Practical skills in Physics 2

This unit is similar to ‘Practical Skills in Physics 1’ in its format of three classroom based practical activities. However the tasks will require a higher level of understanding and explanation.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

B at GCSE in Physics and Mathematics.


AS: Units One and Two are assessed by written examinations in June. Unit Three will be assessed internally during the first two terms.

A2: Units Four and Five are assessed by written examinations in June. Unit Six will be assessed internally during the first two terms of the second year.

Future opportunities

Physics is a fundamental science that has a profound influence on all the other sciences. A good understanding of physics is essential for many university courses. It will help you in further study of most science or engineering subjects.

The skills learnt in all science A levels are highly regarded by universities and employers, for example in the financial world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact ARK Globe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years