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Physics AS/A2 Level at Chobham Academy

Course description

Year AS  content:
This is a one year course comprising of 3 units and may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count 50% to the full ‘A’ level. The first unit is ‘Physics in Action’. Topics covered will include the Physics behind modern communication systems and the use of designer materials for a variety of applications. This is an examined unit contributing 30% to the final AS grade. The second unit is ‘Understanding Processes’ and it focuses on different ways of understanding processes of change: motion in space and time, wave motion and quantum behaviour.

This is also an examined unit contributing 50% to the final AS grade. This paper will include an Advance Notice article on measurement, provided before the exam, but with no questions. This will give you opportunity to analyse the data with your teacher’s help using the relevant skills learned throughout the course.

To fulfill the third unit, ‘Physics in Practice’, you will be asked to carry out 2 short, individual coursework tasks: one on the ‘Quality of Measurement’, a practical and analytical task; and the second on ‘Physics in Use’, a presentation on the use, properties and structure of a material. These assessed tasks will contribute 20% to your AS grade.

Year A2 content:
Upon completing the AS year, you may begin the more challenging A2 course. This consists of a further 3 units. The AS Physics knowledge is assumed in all the following units. The first is ‘The Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe’. Using simple computer models, you will show how mathematical rules can be used to predict the future. This is an examined unit contributing 15% to the final ‘A’ level. The second unit is ‘Field and Particle Pictures and Advances in Physics’.

You will study magnetic and electric fields and use this knowledge to understand how we see inside atoms and molecules. This is also an examined unit and it will include an Advance Notice article providing a comprehension /data analysis drawn from any section of the course. It will contribute 25% to the final ‘A’ level.

The final unit is ‘Researching Physics’ which will include 2 tasks, an extended practical investigation in an area of Physics that interests you and a written and verbal report on a topic of Physics of your choosing. This will contribute 10% to your final ‘A’ level.


Entry requirements

Students require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent, including a grade B or above in Biology/Core and Additional Science, and a grade B in Mathematics. Students also need to study AS Mathematics. Students should note that the mathematical content of Physics AS and A2 is demanding.


Assessment is a combination of written examinations and coursework. During the AS course, you will complete 2 written examinations and submit 2 short coursework tasks.

For the A2 course, there will be 2 further modular examinations, a practical investigation and a written and verbal research task.

Future opportunities

Physics is a very useful qualification and is recognised as important for a wide variety of careers. Physicists have gone on to work in medicine, computing, telecommunications, electronics, engineering, research and any disciplines requiring a high degree of numeracy and/or problem solving e.g. accountancy.

A-level Physics is an excellent preparation for further study in higher education and physicists are in demand for many types of careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years