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Physics AS A2 at Weston Favell Academy

Course content

There are three AS units.  These may lead to a discrete qualification or they may form the first half of a full A level qualification. Unit 1  Physics in Action – includes communication covering imaging, sensing and signalling (digital signals, telephone, fax, e-mail, radio and television, spectra and polarisation, information in signals), and designer materials covering testing materials and looking inside materials. Unit 2  Understanding Processes – includes waves and quantum behaviour covering wave behaviour and quantum behaviour (quantum behaviour of photons and electrons, energy E = hf,), and space and time covering mapping space and time and computing the next move. Unit 3  Physics in Practice – three pieces of coursework, data handling research and presentation on materials and a practical sensors task. There are three further A2 units.  These form the second half of a full A level qualification. Unit 4  Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe – including modelsand rules covering creating models and out into space and our place in the universe, and matter in extremes covering matter: very simple and matter: very hot and cold. Unit 5  Field and Particle Pictures  - including fields covering electromagnetic machines and charge and field and fundamental particles of matter covering probing deep into matter (scattering, nuclear atom, discrete energy levels, quantum ideas) and ionising radiation and risk (radioactive decay processes, nuclear stability, risks from ionising radiations, E = mc2). Unit 6  Advances In Physics – case studies of advances in physics and engineering.

Entry requirements

If you studied this subject at GCSE/GNVQ you must have passed with at least a C, or GNVQ Merit, to start the AS Level.  As with all A Levels you require a minimum of 5 GCSE passes, or equivalent, at C and above.


Modules are assessed at the end of each year. A2 papers contain a significant synoptic element plus  coursework.

Future opportunities

An A level in Physics can lead to an exciting career in engineering,   technology, manufacturing, the automotive industry plus many others.

Further information

Lessons are designed to be both active and interactive. Practical sessions are included to increase and enhance understanding wherever possible. Homework is an essential requirement of the course and there is an important coursework           element.Maths, plus any science subject goes well with this subject

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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