This course develops your understanding of Physics, both the underlying concepts and the practical implications. It can lead to careers in science, engineering, computing and other areas. It also provides preparation for Higher Education, and the problem solving skills used in physics are valuable in all disciplines.
It is also a valuable and interesting subject in its own right. Physics lies at the heart of Science. It is the study of the natural world, with a view to identifying patterns of behaviour, some of which can be summarised in simple Laws of Physics.
The course is suitable if you are a committed student and have achieved good Physics/Science and Maths grades at GCSE level. The course will enhance your interest in the subject and its wider applications, allowing you to excel.
On this course you will develop a wide understanding of Physics and its applications from pioneers like Newton to present day space scientists.
Year 1 (AS)
Unit 1: Motion, Energy and Matter
In this module you will build on work previously studied in your GCSE course and study some of the most fundamental aspects of Physics. You will also be introduced to new work, which is completely different from that studied at GCSE, including the study of stars and physics particles.
Unit 2: Electricity and Light
In this unit, you will study electrical circuits and electrical currents in nature. In addition, you will look at the characteristics of waves, including light waves, dual nature and operation of lasers.
Year 2 (Higher)
Unit 3: Oscillations and Nuclei
In this unit you will study more complex oscillations, including oscillations in a circle and oscillating. You will also study Nuclear physics, including the methods of producing energy from the nucleus.
Unit 4: Fields and Options
A core part of this module is about gravitational fields, both electrical and magnetic. This will include a study of the orbits of planets (astrophysics). There is a choice of four options for further study:
- Option A : Alternating Currents
- Option B : Medical Physics
- Option C : Physics Sports
- Option D : Sustainability and Environment
Unit 5: Practical Examination
In this examination, you will be assessed on the practical skills you've learned during the previous four units.