Physics A Level
About this course
Physics is the study of how the Universe works, what it is made of, how it started and where it is going. In the course you will study Particles, Matter, Waves, Energy, Electricity and Forces. We cover research at the cutting edge of Physics, such as Antimatter, Quarks and what happened in the Big Bang. We also analyse the work of Physicists such as Newton and Einstein to see how their work has shaped scientific understanding. You will develop skills in analysing situations and solving problems. This will involve understanding and applying ideas and using mathematical techniques. The course has a practical element where you develop experimental skills in the laboratory. This course is ideal if you like using mathematics to solve problems and have an enquiring and analytical mind.
What will I learn?
In the first year of the course you will cover Particle Physics, Quantum Phenomena, Electricity, Mechanics, Materials and Waves. In the second year your knowledge will be developed in areas including Fields and Further Mechanics and you can take an optional unit. A range of teaching approaches will be used to develop your independent study along with research skills such as presentations, group work and self-evaluation activities.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by completing module examinations and an investigative skills assessment at the end of the course. During term time your progress will be monitored with end of topic exams and quizzes.
What do I need?
- 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)
- Maths, Core Science and Additional Science (or Physics and one other Science subject) at grade 5 (grade B)
In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.
Where can it take me?
- Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Biology and Applied Chemistry HNC/D and Teaching
- University - degree courses include Physics, Engineering, Medical Physics, Optometry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law, Finance, Veterinary Science, Radiography
- Careers - good scientific skills are always in demand by a wide range of employers, including the police and armed services, business and scientific research
You will undertake an induction period at the start of the course to ensure you are supported and guided through the correct learning pathway. Physics combines well with other science subjects, Mathematics, Geology and Engineering.