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Physics A level at Balcarras School

Course description

The course will develop your fascination and enthusiasm for physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.

The course is content led in its approach allowing lessons to be challenging as well as engaging. Content is laid out clearly in a series of teaching modules. The start of the AS course will give you the foundations required to make the GCSE to AS transition smoother. Although practical will form a considerable part of the course, there is no coursework component.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take physics should have at least B in additional science or B in physics, B in maths. We would strongly recommend combining this course with AS maths mechanics.


Examination Board – Edexcel


Paper 1: Mechanics, electricity, practical skills - 50%

Paper 2: Materials, waves and light, practical skills - 50%


Paper 1: Further mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, nuclear and particle physics - 30%

Paper 2: Thermodynamics, space nuclear radiation, gravitational fields, oscillations - 30%

Paper 3: General paper, experimental methods - paper 40%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years