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GCE AS/A Level Physics

Programme Description

A level Physics is an important qualification for many careers. It is a fascinating and stimulating area of study which continually challenges students and demands creative thinking. A level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in Physics at GCSE. It allows you to appreciate how fundamental Science works and applications of Science in the wider world. It will develop your analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills.  You will also improve your practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate information and data. Furthermore, Physics will also teach and enhance many of your wider key skills such as application of number, I.C.T., problem solving and logical thinking.

Programme Features

You are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm and interest in physics by wider reading of books, magazines and internet sites and watching suggested “you tube” channels.

Lessons are supported with demonstrations, video clips and group or individual practical work is regularly undertaken in a dedicated laboratory. Class sizes are typically around 14 students. Google Classroom is used to share digital resources and provide links for learners to extend their understanding beyond A level requirements.

You will have homework tasks to support your learning with detailed feedback on how to improve and in addition there are class tests to help assess your overall progress.


Progression & Employment

A level Physics is a traditional A level subject and is identified as a key facilitating subject by the Russell Group Universities. There are many career paths that can be followed with a post-16 qualification in Physics – communication; astronomy; transport and aerospace engineering; research and development; education; meteorology; environmental science; medicine and health; oceanographer; audio technician and many others. Recent destinations of CSG Physics students have been to Exeter to study Physics; Dundee to train as a Commercial Pilot, Nottingham to study Physics with Astronomy and  Chemical and Materials Engineering at Bath University.  

Programme Content

AS (Year1) course.

PH1 -Motion, Energy and Matter (50% of AS and 20% of A Level)

PH2 - Electricity and Light (50% of AS and 20% of A Level)

A2 (Year 2) course.

PH3 - Oscillations and Nuclei (25% of A Level)

PH4 - Fields and Physics of Sport (Option - chosen by tutor) (25% of A Level)

PH5 - Practical Exam - Controlled Assessment. (10% of A Level)

Programme Assessment

AS –

Unit 1 written examination: 1.5 hours 

Unit 2  written examination: 1.5 hours 

 (100% of AS and 40% of A Level)



Unit 3 written examination: 2.25 hours

Unit 4  written examination: 2 hours

(50% of A Level)

Unit 5 practical assessment: 2.5 hours over two sessions (10% of A Level)

Programme Entry Requirements

Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview and on sight of GCSE qualifications. 

An applicant for the A Level Physics will need to have: B in GCSE Physics or BB in GCSE Science. In addition a B grade is required in either GCSE Numeracy or GCSE Maths


Additional Costs

You will have access to a range of equipment and resources, which will be sufficient to complete your programme of study.

There are no additional costs to study this course