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Physics AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

Physics has relevance to everything we do, see or experience. Its range is truly amazing! From the study of the sub-atomic through to the exploration of the outermost regions of the Universe, it gives us an appreciation of the everyday world around us. Questions such as “Why is the sky blue?”, “How do roller coasters work?” and “How can a heavy aeroplane fly?” can be answered by Physics! Physics is taught using a variety of techniques. Practical work is considered to be very important as a learning tool and is carried out wherever possible. ICT is used where it will have most effect.

Course content

There are nine modules over the two years of the course. You will study particles, quantum phenomena, electricity, mechanics, materials and waves at AS and fields, further mechanics, nuclear physics, thermal physics and astrophysics. There is a practical component to the course at both AS and linear A level, which will be assessed through investigations and in written papers addressing the skills of planning, observation, analysis and evaluation.

Entry requirements

A B grade in Additional Science and grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language.


For the AS qualification, there will be two written examinations in June and three for the linear A level. Experimental skills will be assessed throughout the course and questions addressing the skills of planning, observation, analysis and evaluation will be included in the terminal examinations.

Future opportunities

The world is your oyster! There are literally hundreds of careers for which Physics is useful, including most types of engineering, scientific journalism, cybernetics, astronomy, medical physics, education, transport, communications. University courses and apprenticeships are available in many areas of the subject. If you want to go straight into the world of work rather than continue your studies, employers recognise the value of a qualification in Physics at AS or linear A level as the reward for successfully completing one of the most challenging of the A level courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

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