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Physics A Level

You will already have come across some of the concepts of A Level Physics at GCSE: forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity, magnetism …

At A level, you will start to see how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies.

+ Course details and future career paths

Year 1

Section 1 – Measurements and their errors Students learn that all measurements they take have errors.

Section 2 – Particles and Radiation. This involves particles that make up atoms and how light interacts with electrons.

Section 3 – Waves. This includes the properties of waves and how waves interfere with matter and each other.

Section 4 – Mechanics and Materials. This section includes forces, motion and elastic materials.

Section 5 – Electricity The final section further develops fundamentals principles developed at GCSE level.

Progression to Year 2 will be based on internal assessments at the end of Year 1.

Year 2

Section 6 – Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics This includes thermal physics, circular motion and oscillations.

Section 7 – Fields and their consequences Topics included are gravitational and electric fields and electromagnetism

Section 8 – Nuclear Physics Here we study how unstable nuclei can break down to produce nuclear radiation.

Section 9 – Astrophysics Electromagnetic Doppler Effect and the Expanding Universe.

+ Progression

Physicists play a vital role in many technology-based industries, such as optoelectronics, nanotechnology, computing and renewable energy. Others work in investigating the universe; searching for extra-solar planets or looking for the remnants of the big bang. Some might apply their knowledge in healthcare (medical physics), studying the processes of the earth (geophysics) or the climate (meteorology).


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