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Physics AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Do you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between? How about understanding how the technology around you works? Want to save the planet or maybe just help people or maybe just help people get better when they are ill? Whatever you do the knowledge and skills you gain by studying physics will be useful. Physics is more than a subject - it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

Entry requirements

. You will need at least a Higher Tier grade B in Science/Physics and Mathematics at GCSE to take Physics at AS/A2 Level. Studying Mathematics at A Level would be an advantage, though it is not essential.



Unit 1 - Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

Delve deeper into the nucleus, looking at sub-atomic particles, antiparticles and photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model. Assessment: structured question paper in June Year 12. (40% AS; 20% A2)

Unit 2 - Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Study Newton's laws of motion, understand about energy and power, explain the properties of materials and the uses of waves. Assessment: structured question paper in June Year 12. (40% AS; 20% A2).

Unit 3 - Practical and Investigative Skills

Practical skills acquired during units 1 and 2 are centre-assessed in unit 3. (20%AS; 10% A2)

Future opportunities

Physics is the route to so many careers from predicting climate change to designing computer games. For more information visit There you will find information about careers such as TV producer, DJ, solicitor, satellite engineer and material scientist.

Further information

You will be taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff who will work with you to ensure you achieve your potential. Extensive support is offered and staff are approachable. Physics is a demanding but stimulating course, requiring a high level of commitment and good mathematical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year