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Physics GCE AS Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of Physics. We will ensure that your learning is enjoyable, challenging and relevant to contemporary issues by building on the concepts of How Science Works that are introduced at GCSE.

Course content

AS Level (year one)

Unit One

Particles, Quantum Phenomena & Electricity

You will study many varied particles including hadrons, leptons and quarks. Quantum work includes photoelectricity and photon emission. Electrical circuits, resistivity and components are looked at from a practical point of view.

Unit Two

Mechanics, Materials & Waves

Mechanics includes projectile motion, moments, Newton’s laws, forces and energy. Properties of materials includes density and the Young modulus. The Waves section focuses on longitudinal and transverse waves, refraction, and interference.

Unit Three

Investigative & Practical Skills for AS Physics

You will carry out experimental and investigative activities to develop your practical skills. These include taking observations and recording measurements before processing, analysing and evaluating them.

Entry requirements

You will have studied GCSE Science with GCSE Additional Science (not Applied Science) and gained a grade BB, or GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics and achieved grade B. 

Mathematics is very important to successful study at AS and A Level Physics, and students are required to have an ongoing interest and ability in the subject. 

It will be compulsory for you to study AS Level Maths alongside AS Physics.


The AS is the first half of an A level course.

Candidates must complete the following three units in order to gain an AS qualification:

            Weighting       Within AS

Unit 1               20%                 40%

Unit 2               20%                 40%

Unit 3               10%                 20%

Candidates must complete the AS units outlined above plus a further three units to complete A Level Physics:

            Weighting       Within A2

Unit 4               20%                 40%

Unit 5               20%                 40%

Unit 6               10%                 20%

Future opportunities


Further information

It will be compulsory for you to study AS Level Maths alongside AS Physics.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next January
  • Duration: 1 year