Studying Physics at EHC is incredibly fun, you get to do great experiments all whilst developing your knowledge.

Caitlin Butler

Caitlin Butler

Course Description

The Physics A Level course offers students the opportunity to lay the groundwork for future studies at university for example, in science and engineering. There is a good coverage of a range of physics topics such as quantum phenomena, waves, mechanics, electricity, fields, radioactivity and thermal physics.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

Achieve a grade 6 or higher in either GCSE combined science or GCSE Physics.

Course Content

Measurements and their errors
This is a continuing study for a student of physics. It comprises a working knowledge of the fundamental units of measurement, the nature of errors in practical work, and their numerical treatment.

Particles and radiation
An introduction into the fundamental properties of matter, electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena.

Waves
GSCE studies of wave phenomena are extended through a development of knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of progressive and stationary waves.

Mechanics and materials
This comprises of an extension of forces, energy and momentum that was studied at GCSE along with bulk properties and tensile strength.

Electricity
This builds and develops upon GCSE studies and lays the groundwork for later study of electrical applications.

Further mechanics and thermal physics
The earlier study of mechanics is further advanced through consideration of circular motion and simple harmonic motion. Thermal properties, the nature of ideal gases and molecular kinetic theory are introduced and studied in depth.

Fields and their consequences
Fields is one of the great unifying ideas in physics and here it is developed in detail. The ideas of gravitational, electrostatics and magnetic fields are studied and unifying links to other earlier parts of the course are emphasised here.

Nuclear physics
This builds on the earlier work done on particles and radiation that link to the properties of the nucleus and the production of nuclear power.

Additional option choice
One of five option choices are studied –

  1. Astrophysics,
  2. Medical physics,
  3. Engineering physics,
  4. Turning points in physics OR Electronics.

Assessment

Students will sit three 2 hour written exam papers. Papers 1 and 2 are worth 85 marks each and the third is worth 80. Each paper is worth approximately one third of the A level grade.

Future Opportunities

Physics is ideal for students who want to study a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. There are many careers which utilise the knowledge and skills in physics; these include medicine, engineering, technology, medical physics, computer science, nuclear technology, space science, geological surveys, weather forecasting, accounting and finance, patent attorney, product development scientist and systems developer.

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