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Physics A Level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Physics is a challenging and interesting subject which will help you to understand the world and universe around you! A-level Physics is also an important qualification for many careers.

Some students choose to study physics because they feel that it will be useful even if not essential for their career. Those intending to follow a career in medicine or biochemistry fall into this category.

Other students are going to follow a career in a completely unrelated area such as law or accountancy. This group of students may have chosen physics simply because they enjoy it or because they know that it is highly regarded by universities as a test of problemsolving ability and logical thought.

An AS Physics qualification will demonstrate that you have a wide range of transferable skills such as numerical, practical, data analysis, problem solving and the ability to present concise explanations. These are key skills that would be useful to an employer or any course followed at university.

Course content

The first year of the A-Level is identical in content to the first year of the AS.
The course is arranged in topics A-Level Year 1, AS
- Measurements and their errors,
- Particles and radiation/Waves
- Mechanics and energy/Electricity

A-Level Year 2
- Further mechanics and thermal physics
- Fields/Nuclear physics
- Option topic, Engineering physics
There is a range of compulsory practical activities that must be carried out. Six activities for AS and twelve activities for A-Level.

Entry requirements

A minimum GCSE Grade B in the Physics component of the GCSE Additional Science. A minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.


Two written exam papers each of 1 hour 30 minutes duration taken at the end of one year of study

Paper 1: 50% of AS,
Paper 2: 50% of AS

Three written exam papers each of two hours duration taken at the end of two years of study.
Paper 1: 34% of A level
Paper 2: 34% of A level
Paper 3: 32% of A level

Students who are studying for the A-Level do not have to take the AS exams as well. The AS is a separate qualification and does not count towards the A-Level.

Future opportunities

Some students go on to study physics at university. This may lead to a career in research and development, either in a university or in industry. Perhaps the majority of those who study A-level Physics do so in order to apply their physics knowledge in another subject area at university

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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