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Physics AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

Course description

The word 'physics' comes from a Greek word meaning 'knowledge of nature'. Physics attempts to describe the fundamental nature of the universe and how it works - why the sky is blue, why rainbows have colour, what keeps a satellite in orbit, why steel ships float, what atoms and nuclei are made of…

Course content

You will develop a clearer understanding of the underlying principles of an increasingly technological world and be able to apply your knowledge to dealing with everyday problems which require logical and lateral thinking. You can choose to study such interesting topics as forces and motion, electricity, electronics, gravity, the nuclear atom and radioactivity, telecommunications. Physics is a fascinating and dynamic subject. You will study it in depth through

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level.  For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement.  It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.


The AS Level consists of three units and is assessed at a standard between GCSE and A Level and involves written examination plus coursework or practical examination. The A Level consists of a further three units which build on those studied previously and include some element of choice.

Future opportunities

Career pathsPhysics is an essential subject for many degree courses. If you want a career in medicine (and allied subjects), astronomy, chemistry, defence research, biological subjects, architecture, mathematics, business management, accounting or engineering, then physics provides a respected foundation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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