Physics

A Level

Course Entry Requirements

Five 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE including a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language. A minimum of a grade 5 in either GCSE Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a double 5 in General Science. A minimum of a grade 6 (B) in GCSE Mathematics, BTEC Level 2 Distinction may qualify.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

Year One Units: 

  • The Foundations of Physics covers the basic skills needed to study physics at advanced level.
  • Forces and Motion looks at how objects move and what causes this to happen. It also looks at how materials behave under stress.
  • Electrons, Waves & Particles looks at basic electrical circuits, different types of waves and how these scientific models can be used to explain the world around us.

 Year Two Units

  • The Newtonian World develops the work from the first year in mechanics including how objects rotate and oscillate backwards and forwards. It also looks at how gases behave and how heat energy affects materials.
  • Frontiers of Modern Physics introduces the ideas of Electromagnetism, Capacitors and Radioactivity.
  • You will then study three areas where the physics you have studied is used: Medical Imaging, Particle Physics and Astro Physics.

 

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, come and find someone in the Science department for some help.

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Why should I study this course?

If you’re interested in the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them, bring out your inventive and industrious nature with A Level Physics.

 

Physics is a necessity for further study of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering courses. It is also a recommended course for those who wish to study Maths, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary studies and most medical courses in Higher Education. It is an extremely well regarded subject as it shows you have the skills to analyse problems, prepare and implement solutions. It will help develop an analytical mind and most employers and universities really respect and look for these skills.

 

With this course you will also get the opportunity to participate in a University of Hull curriculum enhancement project on the astrophysics of star birth and death.

How is the course assessed?

You will take 3 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work. These are the only examinations that count towards the final A level grade. There will also be a practical endorsement qualification which will be assessed on your practical work throughout the two years.

What will this course prepare me for?

Physics is a necessity for the study of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering courses. It is also a recommended course for those who wish to study Maths, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary studies and most medical courses in Higher Education. It is an extremely well-regarded subject as it shows you have the skills to analyse problems, prepare and implement solutions. It will help develop an analytical mind and most employers and universities really respect and look for these skills.

Private Study

As with other A Level courses in college, the expectation in A Physics is that you would do 3-4 hours of Physics study per week in your own time. Homework is set on a weekly basis and is marked promptly, so that you always have a good understanding of your progress.

What materials will I need to provide?

The only things we ask you to bring are standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil and a ruler will do! You will also need your own scientific calculator as this enables you to develop the skills needed to use your own calculator.

How will I be taught?

You will have 5 hours of Physics on your timetable and will have one teacher in the first year and a single teacher in the second year. The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them and there is a really good mixture of individual work, paired work and group work. We have a regular textbook, but lessons are practical and develop ideas from observations made from practical experiments.

A Level Physics is for you if:

… you are interested in Physics or if you simply enjoy it! If you have an interest in progressing onto university on any of the courses listed above, then A Level Physics will either be a ‘must have it requirement’ or ‘would be useful if you had it’.