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Physics AS / A Level at Budmouth College

Course description

‘Physics’, from the Greek word for nature, looks at matter and energy and how they interact.

Physics seeks to answer the big questions in science ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

Course content

The course comprises three teaching components:

Component 1: Newtonian physics Component 2: Electricity and the universe Component 3: Light, nuclei and options

Year 1 content:

From component 1: Basic physics, Kinematics, Dynamics and Energy concepts.

From component 2: Conduction of Electricity, Resistance, D.C. Circuits, Solids under Stress and Using Radiation to Investigate Stars.

From component 3: The nature of waves, Wave properties, Refraction of light, Photons, Lasers and Particles and Nuclear Structure.

Year 2 content:

From component 1: Circular Motion, Vibrations, Kinetic Theory and Thermal Physics.

From component 2: Capacitance, Electrostatic and gravitational fields of force and orbits and the wider universe.

From component 3: Nuclear decay, Nuclear energy, Magnetic fields, Electromagnetic induction and one of four options (Alternating currents: Medical physics; The physics of sport or Energy and the environment).


Individual and group practicals; peer and self-assessment; exam technique seminars and class activities; presentations; visits to universities and an optional trip to France, Switzerland and the CERN Laboratory.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Physics, or Grade B in Science A and Grade B in Additional Science or, Grade B in Additional Science and Grade B in Further Additional Science. Grade B in GCSE Maths.


A Level:

3 Written Exams:

Component 1 – 2h 15min (31.25%)

Component 2 –2h (31.25%)

Component 3 – 2h 15min (37.5%)

Plus a practical skills endorsement (assessed throughout the course).

Future opportunities

What could you be?

Scientific Researcher; Engineer (Aerospace, Mechanical, Structural, Civil, Marine, Electrical/Electronic); Computer Scientist; Doctor; Veterinarian; Lawyer; Financier; Accountant.

Where could you go?

University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cardiff University; University of Edinburgh; University of Exeter; Imperial College London; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton.

Recent student destinations:

Cambridge - Computer Science; Oxford - Chemistry; Leicester - Mechanical Engineering; Nottingham - Chemistry and Molecular Physics; Nottingham - Physics with Theoretical Astrophysics; Durham - Natural Sciences; Cambridge - Natural Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016

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