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Physics A Level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

Physics A level is a basic requirement of many university courses and an excellent academic discipline for all further study and employment.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics: practical skills assessed in a written examination, practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement.

Module 2 – Foundations of physics: physical quantities and units, making measurements and analysing data, nature of quantities.

Module 3 – Forces and motion: motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, materials, momentum.

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons: charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics.

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics: thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics and cosmology.

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics: capacitors, electric fields,  electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging.

Entry requirements

  • Scientific skills including calculations, planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
  • Physics is a mathematical subject so we would highly recommend taking this subject in conjunction with AS maths.
  • You will need to be prepared to do a lot of background reading and consolidation.
  • Strong GCSE grades in maths, English and triple or double science.


Paper 1:

  • Modelling physics
  • 2¼ hours
  • 37% of A Level

Paper 2:

  • Exploring physics
  • 2¼ hours
  • 37% of A Level

Paper 3:

  • Exploring physics
  • 1½ hours
  • 26% of A Level

Practical endorsement in physics:

  • Performance in this component is reported separately to the A level grade and is measured through externally assessed components.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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