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Physics GCE A Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of Physics. We will ensure that your learning is enjoyable, challenging and relevant to contemporary issues by building on the concepts of How Science Works that are introduced at GCSE.

Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Four
Fields & Further Mechanics

The first A2 unit builds on the AS material and introduces new concepts including circular motion and simple harmonic motion, gravitation, electric and magnetic fields.

Unit Five

Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics + optional topic

Section A looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear energy and thermal physics. The second half concentrates on matter and the gas laws. Section B gives you the opportunity to study some astronomy.

Unit Six

Investigative & Practical Skills for A2 Physics

This section is similar to that for AS but set in the context of A2 Physics.

Entry requirements

You will have studied GCSE Science with GCSE Additional Science (not Applied Science) and gained a grade BB, or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics and achieved grade B. 

Mathematics is very important to successful study at AS and A Level Physics, and students are required to have an ongoing interest and ability in the subject. 

It will be compulsory for you to study AS Level Maths alongside AS Physics.


The AS is the first half of an A level course.

Candidates must complete the following three units in order to gain an AS qualification:

            Weighting       Within AS

Unit 1               20%                 40%

Unit 2               20%                 40%

Unit 3               10%                 20%

Candidates must complete the AS units outlined above plus a further three units to complete A Level Physics:

            Weighting       Within A2

Unit 4               20%                 40%

Unit 5               20%                 40%

Unit 6               10%                 20%

Further information

It will be compulsory for you to study AS Level Maths alongside AS Physics.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years