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Advanced GCE in Physics at Ash Green School

Course description

Physics will prepare students for a career or further study in physics, engineering, one of the other sciences or related areas. The teaching of practical skills is integrated within the theoretical topics but they are assessed separately.

Course content

Below is a list of the modules which will be covered:

 AS Physics Units:

  • Unit 1 - Mechanics
  • Unit 2 – Electrons, Waves and Photons
  • Unit 3 – Practical Skills in Physics 1 

A2 Physics Units: 

  • Unit 4 – The Newtonian World
  • Unit 5 – Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics
  • Unit 6 – Practical Skills in Physics 2

This series of units will take you on journey of exploration across the Physical world. You will learn a range of topics covering the smallest building blocks of matter to the awe-inspiring nature of our universe. It is a subject which is very much at the cutting edge of the 21st century – whether it is solving the UK’s future energy problems or discovering the elusive Higgs-boson particle, it is definitely an exciting time to be studying Physics.


Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.


The AS level course is assessed across the three module stated above. Unit 1 (30%) and Unit 2 (50%) are assessed separately through examinations while Unit 3 (20%) is coursework. When beginning the A2 course, units 1, 2 and 3 will be used for 50% of the final grade. The other 50% will be comprised of examination units 4 (15%) and 5 (25%) and unit 6 (10%) a coursework module. At all stages of this qualification you can be assured that you will receive full support which will be unrivalled from any other institution.

Future opportunities

A level Physics is highly respected and held in the highest regards amongst Universities. Having an A level in Physics can lead to a wide range of qualifications and careers. The majority of those who study Physics go on to apply their Physics knowledge on courses such as Astrophysics, Geophysics, Forensic Science, Engineering, Meteorology, Medical Physics and many more. A level Physics is also complementary with intended careers in Accounting, Computing, Finance, Law, Mathematics and Medicine and many more areas.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

During this course you will develop a number of skills which are valuable in many careers. Your mathematical skills will be used and extended especially when applying these in problem solving scenarios. You will have to handle data appropriately and you will learn to run simulations boosting your computer skills. Due to the nature of the subject you will need an inquisitive mind but you will learn how to use this effectively building your critical reasoning and logical thought.

Why might this course be for me?

If you are interested in discovery and want an exciting and interesting subject which underpins everything in the Universe, then Physics is for you. You may want to choose Physics as it is a versatile and highly regarded A level which will open doors to the most sought after degrees, universities and careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September