Students of A level Physics will gain an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and will develop skills in designing and executing experiments. You will also develop an appreciation of the importance of Physics in a social, philosophical, economic and industrial context. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills developed throughout the course. Students will also be expected to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of scientific information, ideas and evidence.
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
The course is linear and consists of 12 units which can be viewed in the specification https://qualifications.pearson.com/conten/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Physics/2015/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/PearsonEdexcel-Alevel-Physics-Spec.pdf. The foundation principles of energy and forces are taught and then applied in topics such as electricity, materials, cosmology, quantum and particle physics. The aim of the course is to improve knowledge and understanding of many areas of physics as well as to develop skills in various scientific methods. It is hoped that you will develop an appreciation of the role and contribution of physics to society.
There will be three exams at the end of the course, two of which are 1 hour 45 minutes testing specific aspects of the syllabus and one of 2 hours 30 minutes assessing general practical principles. There are also 16 required practical’s which must be completed to achieve a science practical endorsement certificate.
A physics qualification opens doors to a variety of jobs and courses. All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of Physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from Music to Medicine, or Lasers to Law – studying Physics is an essential first step.
Students require 5 GCSE's 9-5 including 2 good level 5s in Combined or Separate Science and a good level 6 in English and Maths.