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AS Physics at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

This one or two year qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that are developed in GCSE Science. You will learn theory and develop relevant practical skills throughout the course. Numeracy and mathematical methods are important in Physics, as are skills in communication, research and critical thinking. You will be expected to take an active part in lessons and use sophisticated laboratory equipment confidently.

Course content

AS Level

•Mechanics (motion, forces, energy and power)

•Materials (Fluid flow, strength of materials)

•Waves (Behaviour, Light and Sound)

•Electricity (Electrical quantities and circuits)

•Nature of Light (Spectra and energy levels) The qualification is awarded from successful completion of two topic tests and an exam focussed on general physics principals and laboratory techniques.

A2 Level

•Further Mechanics (momentum and circular motion)

•Electric and Magnetic Fields

•Particle Physics (particle accelerators and particle interactions)


•Nuclear Radiation


•Gravitational fields


Entry requirements

6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Mathematics B grade


The qualification is awarded in a similar way to the AS qualification, namely successful completion of two topic tests on a wider range of subjects and an exam focussed on more searching general physics principals and laboratory techniques.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physics, which could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Level: AS Duration: 1-2 Years Qualification: EDEXCEL Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Physics Entry Requirements: 6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Mathematics B grade

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2015
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Key information

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

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.