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Physics AS & A Level at Heysham High School Sports College

Course description

Year 12

  • Measurements and their errors - learning how to make accurate scientific measurements and allow for any errors in them.
  • Particles and radiation - what matter is made of, the importance of radiation and particle collisions, photo electricity.
  • Waves - stationary and progressive waves, refraction and interference, optics.
  • Mechanics and Materials - forces and motion, energy and power, properties and behaviour of materials.
  • Electricity - the nature of electricity and its applications.

Year 13

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics - circular motion and forces, behaviour of gases, specific heat capacity.
  • Fields and their consequences - magnetic and electric fields and how we use them.
  • Nuclear physics - nuclear decay, radiation and its uses.

Then one of the following optional topics:

  • Astrophysics - space, telescopes, stars.
  • Medical physics - how physics is used in a medical context.
  • Engineering physics - the physics that is used in engineering contexts.
  • Turning points in physics - historical discoveries and important theories that have developed our understanding of the physical world.
  • Electronics

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Core and Additional Science and

GCSE Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.


AS level - Two 70 minute written exams at the end of year 12.

A2 level - Three 2 hour exams on all of the content from both years.

Financial information

Folders and other stationery are needed to ensure work is organised.  Text books will need to be purchased for the course. Access to the internet at home or at school is essential.

Future opportunities

Physics can lead on to a wide range of courses and careers.  You could go on to study physics, medicine, engineering or meteorology, amongst many.  Physics is a course that provides many options for the future without limiting them.

Further information

Mr. W. Fish

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heysham High School Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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