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Physics AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

You will gain a greater and more detailed understanding of the physical world around you and you will learn to plan and carry out complex practical investigations and how to analyse data.  The analysis of data involves learning how to relate mathematical relationships to data acquired experimentally and the consideration of limitations and experimental errors.

Many opportunities exist for people who can communicate science and technical ideas.  Therefore not only will you learn how to communicate science through both mathematical expressions and written works but you will also be expected to give verbal presentations of topics or areas of Physics that interest you.  This is excellent training for students who go on to further education or enter the world of work after their A Levels. 

Entry requirements

You must have taken the higher level paper in GCSE Additional Science or the Physics GCSE with a minimum of a grade B.  Success in Physics is also dependent on mathematical ability and is therefore preferable that you have taken the higher paper in GCSE Mathematics and obtained a minimum of a grade B.  It is not essential to take AS Mathematics but it certainly helps as there is considerable overlap especially in mechanics.  You must be confident handling vectors, rearranging equations and handling trigonometry. 


A Level—There are six modules assessed over 3 exams and a practical endorsement:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in Physics

Module 2: Foundations of Physics

Module 3: Forces and Motion

Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons

Module 5: Newtonian Word and Astrophysics

Module 6: Particles and Medical Physics.

AS Physics covers modules 1 to 4 and is assessed by 2 papers, each worth 50% of the total AS.  Both papers assess all 4 modules. 

Future opportunities

The following are examples of degree courses that expect or prefer students to have studied Physics at A Level: Physics, Physics with Astronomy, Physics with Space science, Medical Physics, Engineering, Material Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and Chemistry.

Employers and universities value the skills that are developed on Physics courses, especially skills related to logical thought, analysis and mathematical literacy.  A Physics degree is a doorway to a multitude of diverse careers; you may be surprised to know that a Physics degree could lead into accountancy, legal and business careers, in addition to research and technical careers. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September