Physics - A Level - Year 1

Physics is the study of how the Universe works, what it is made of, how it started and where it is going, with topics ranging from Particle Physics to Cosmology. The course will give you a broad and analytical understanding of the fundamental physical principles.

During the course you will study the application of Physics theory along with the skills of problem solving, analytical, logical and creative thinking, the application of mathematical skills to Physics problems and communication skills when explaining physical processes. The ability to analyse and interpret data will also be developed.

The first year of the course will cover Particle Physics, Quantum Phenomena, Electricity, Mechanics, Materials and Waves.

The second year of the course will cover Fields (Electric, Gravitational and Magnetic), Capacitors, Radioactivity, Nuclear Energy, Thermodynamics and Astrophysics.

A range of teaching approaches will be used to develop your independent study & research skills including presentations, group work and self-evaluation activities. Weekly activities will include discussion of theory, work on derivation sheets & practice questions and usually a practical investigation. This course is ideal if you like applying mathematical concepts and logical thinking to solving problems and enjoy learning through practical work.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by three exams at the end of the second year. Paper 1 assesses the first year work, paper 2 the second year and paper 3 sets questions on practical work and the Astrophysics topic.

In parallel to the examined work, twelve practicals set by the exam board must be completed over the two years. These, along with the weekly practical activities, give evidence for the five practical competencies needed to gain the Certificate of Practical Competency.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at Grade 5.

In addition, you will need to achieve Grade 6 in Double or Triple Science & Higher Maths.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Engineering HNC and Teaching.
  • University - related degrees including Physics, Engineering, Medical Physics, Optometry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law, Finance, Veterinary Science, Radiography and Information Technology/Telecommunications.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Science R&D, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Automotive, Aerospace, Civil, etc.), Civil Service (Scientific Officer), Medical Physics, Radiology, Architecture, Chartered Surveying, Telecommunications, the Armed Services or Teaching.

Additional information

You will undertake an induction period at the start of the course to ensure you are supported and guided through the correct learning pathway.

A Level Mathematics must be taken alongside A Level Physics..

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