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Physics A/S at Queensbury School

Course description

This course studies physics using a variety of methods.

Course content

Course Structure and Detail

1. Mechanics (AS)

This first module introduces underlying physics skills (like quantities, unit and graph drawing) and explores the world of force, speed and energy.

  • Motion - How are speed, velocity, distance, direction and acceleration related?

Forces in Action -How do forces affect moving objects and materials?

2. Electrons, Waves and Photons (AS):

The second module explores how electricity works and how light behaves as both a wave and a particle. It is worth 50% of AS and 25% of A2 and is examined in June.

  • Electric current - What is current and how so we measure it?
  • Resistance - What is resistance and how do we measure it?
  • DC circuits - exploration of simple circuits and different components.
  • Waves - What is a wave and how do they behave?
  • Quantum Physics - What is the quantum world about an how can we say light is a particle?

3. Practical Skills in Physics 1 (AS):

This is an internally assessed but externally moderated coursework component of the course. Students will complete 3 set tasks that contribute to their grade. Skills can be set as many times as possible but individual experiments cannot be repeated once completed.

  • Qualitative - simple measurements and trends from a practical.
  • Quantitative - more detailed measurements, graph drawing and detailed conclusions.
  • Evaluative - Looks at the quantitative task (the two go hand in hand) and evaluates the task in terms of accuracy, reliability, suitability and precision.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5A*-Cs (including English) in your GCSE Science qualifications (Care / Additional / Triple Science) with minimum grades of BB and at least grade B in GCSE maths.

BTEC Science equivalents are not suitable for this course.

To progress onto the second year of this course you will need to gain at least a passing grade from the AS course.


The course is an intensive course that requires a lot of self discipline and study if you wish to achieve the highest level.  The A* is now offered but this is only assessed at A2 level.  To succeed in physics you will have proven maths skills, as well as practical science skills that allow you to make the most accurate measurements.


AS Examinations will take place in June of Year 12.

Future opportunities

Career Options: engineering, medicine, optometry, computing, design, architecture, forensics, law, journalism, marketing, accountancy, teaching, astronomy, material science, medical physics, dentistry (with chemistry).

Further information

Please contact Mr Easthope (Head of Physics) for further information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year