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Physics AS/A Level at Prendergast - Hilly Fields College

Course description

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

A-level Physics lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year.

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including: •Investigating interference and diffraction of laser light •Measuring acceleration due to gravity •Investigating systems that oscillate •Investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure •Safe use of ionising radiation •Investigating magnetic fields

Course content

First year of A-level

Measurements and their errors Particles and radiation Waves Mechanics and energy Electricity

Second year of A-level Further mechanics and thermal physics Fields Nuclear physics

Plus one from the following: Astrophysics Medical physics Engineering physics Turning points in physics Electronics

These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at University, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Entry requirements

Double award GCSE science: BB equivalent.

Triple Scientists – minimum of B grade equivalent in the science you want to continue with English Language B grade equivalent Mathematics B grade equivalent.

It is an expectation that Mathematics A-level is studied alongside the Physics A-level.


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long.

At least 15% of the marks for A-level Physics are based on what you learned in your practicals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prendergast - Hilly Fields College directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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