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Physics A and AS Level at William Howard School

Course description

You should think seriously about studying Physics if you can say Yes to any of the questions below.

  • Do you enjoy Physics?
  • Do you enjoy problem solving?
  • Do you enjoy thinking logically?
  • Do you enjoy finding out about the many fundamental aspects of our universe?
  • Do you need Physics to allow you to progress to further or higher studies or to enter a particular career or profession?
  • Do you want to study Physics in order to provide a sound base for a range of career options?

Course content


The first year, the AS year, involves the study of the following units:

1. Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

2. Mechanics, Materials and Waves

3. Measurements and their errors, practical skills and data analysis.



The second year, leading to the full A Level qualification, entails the study of three further units:

4. Fields and Further Mechanics

5. Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and an Optional Topic

6. Measurements and their errors, practical skills and data analysis.


The Advanced GCE is made up of three mandatory units at AS and three further mandatory units at A2. All units are externally assessed and include the assessment of practical skills.

Future opportunities

An AS or A Level examination can lead to a wide range of opportunities in Further and Higher Education in addition to giving access to varied careers.

You may wish to study Physics to a higher level or to follow a course, such as Engineering, of which Physics forms an essential component. Whatever you do, an AS or A Level qualification in Physics is evidence that you have followed a rigorous, academic course of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Howard School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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