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Physics A level at Carnforth High School

Course description

This is a two year course comprising AS Physics in the first year followed in year two by the full A Level.

Course content

AS level and A level
  • Module 1—Development of practical skills in Physics
  • Module 2—Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3—Forces and motion
  • Module 4—Electrons, waves and photons
A level only:
  • Module 5—Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6—Particles and medical Physics

Entry requirements

5 A*-Cs at GCSE including GCSE English and/or Mathematics. 

Grade B in GCSE Core and Additional Science, or Grade B in GCSE Physics

Grade B in GCSE Maths desirable


AS level: 

Both components assess content from all four modules

Breadth in Physics (01) 70 marks (1hr 30 min) - 50% of AS
Depth in Physics(02) 70 marks (1hr 30 min) - 50% of AS
A level:
Component 1 Modelling Physics (01)
  • assesses content from modules 1,2,3 and 5.  100 marks, 2hr 15 min 37% of A Level
Component 2 Exploring Physics (02)
  • assesses content from modules 1,2,4 and 6.  100 marks, 2hrs 15 min   37% of A Level
Component 3 Unified Physics (03)
  • assesses content from all modules.  70 marks 1hr 30 mins,  26% of A Level
Practical endorsement in Physics (not examined, and reported separately)


Financial information

  • A Level Physics Revision Guide
  • Stationery plus a scientific calculator
  • Internet access

Future opportunities

A-level physics is a highly respected form of qualification that can open doors to a number of possibilities.
Possible career options with A-level Physics include, Climatologist, Radiographer, Engineer, Medical Physicist, Geophysicist, Electrical / Mechanical / Aeronautical Engineer, Oceanography, Naval Architect, Audio Technician and Orthoptist, Nuclear Scientist, to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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