The course is taught over two years with AS exams at the end of the first year. The exams at the end of the second year make up 100% of the A-Level grade and can cover any topic of the full two years. There is no coursework now, but there is a separate qualification for the practical endorsement. Developing practical skills is an integral part of the course and they are used to make sure students are confident with the techniques and understanding of the Physics. The course is broken up into 8 teaching units across 2 years. The units studied are:
Paper 1 – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level
Paper 2 – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level
Paper 1 – 2 hours – 34% of total A-Level
Paper 2 – 2 hours – 34% of total A-Level
Paper 3 – 2 hours – 32% of total A-Level
Practical Endorsement in Physics. Non examined, assessed throughout the A-Level on experiments and awarded separately to the Physics A Level.
The logic and mathematics skills developed in Physics are relevant to a vast number of careers. It is beneficial in any further scientific work with applications in business, finance and medicine.
Below are some of the destinations of our previous students:
- Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
- Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University
- Meteorology, Reading University
- Physics and Astronomy, Sussex University