What are the aims of the course?
AS/A Level Physics A has been developed for students who wish to continue with a study of Physics after GCSE. Some students may wish to follow a Physics course for only one year as an AS GCE, in order to broaden their curriculum.
Others will continue their course for a further year extending their course to Advance GCE. Such a course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful.
What does it involve?
• Forces in action
• Work and energy
G482: Electrons, Waves and Photons
• Electric current
• DC Circuits
• Quantum Physics
G483: Practical Skills in Physics 1
Internal assessment of practical skills.
G484: Newtonian World
• Newton’s laws and momentum
• Circular motion and oscillations
• Thermal Physics
G485: Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics
• Electric and magnetic fields
• Capacitors and exponential decay
• Nuclear Physics
• Medical imaging
• Modelling the Universe
G486: Practical Skills in Physics 2
Internal assessment of practical skills
How is it assessed?
For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of physics are largely assessed synoptically at A2. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately.