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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 students 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.


Logical thought and understanding of concepts are involved in this course. The development of problem solving skills, powers of analysis and evaluation techniques prepares students for relevant areas of future study. Physics and scientific enquiry are used to solve problems and to stimulate an awareness of the social, technological, environmental and economic impact of physics in present-day society.


Programme Features

  • Students are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm and interest in physics by wider reading of books, magazines and internet sites and will have opportunities to give presentations on modern topics
  • Lessons are supported with demonstrations, video clips and individual practical work undertaken in a modern dedicated laboratory boasting a pleasant ambience
  • Examples and problems are often related to the real world in which we live
  • Homework is a regular feature of this programme

Progression & Employment

A level Physics is a traditional A level subject and is identified as a key facilitating subject by the Russell Group of Elite 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 Swansea to study Civil Engineering; Dundee to train as a Commercial Pilot and  Chemical and Materials Engineering at Bath University.  


Results in AS Physics have been graded by ALPS at level 2, “Outstanding” for the last two years.

Programme Content


PH1 -Motion, Energy and Matter 

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



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: Unit 2  written examination   (100% of AS and 40% of A Level)

A2 –

Unit 3 written examination: Unit 4  written examination: (50% of A Level)

        Unit 5 practical assessment (10% of A Level)

Programme Entry Requirements

Students progressing from school will require a minimum of 6/7 GCSEs at grades A* - C.

Minimum of GCSE Grade B in Mathematics and Physics or Double Award Science

Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Curriculum Area.