Physics – AS Level / A Level Science (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The AS Level / A Level Physics Course is a Full-time course located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA). This course is designed for students who are interested in science and becoming a Physicist.

If you are fascinated by the world around you and would like to understand more about it or are thinking about engineering, medicine, electronics, astronomy or technology then Physics is for you. If you decide to become a Physics student then in your training you will learn to:

Design experiments
Use mathematics and computing in real life situations
Observe events and ask sensible questions about them
Work happily in teams, explain your ideas to people around you
Have new ideas and think up new theories
Develop logical and analytical problem-solving skills

Applying for A Levels? Click Apply Now on any ONE of the subjects you are interested in studying, complete the online application form and then book an Information Evening to meet the tutors and discuss your preferred choices. You can then choose your subjects on the night!

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English, Higher/Intermediate Mathematics Grade B and Higher Tier Additional/Triple Science Grade B

  • Career Prospects

    With a Physics qualification, you could choose to work in the open air, in a hospital, in a laboratory team, in all kinds of engineering, in education or in many other environments.

    For somebody who finds the idea of a job in industry attractive, there are openings based on Materials, Computing, Energy or Food Science.

    Exciting work too in Meteorology, Telecommunication, Scientific Journalism, Aerospace and Forensic Science.

    With an A level in Physics many students continuing to study Physics or Engineering at university.

  • Course Details

    Structure of Year 1: AS course. There are two written exams in the first year (AS). Therefore not all students progress to year 2. The AS course is a recognised qualification.

    AS Specification - Unit 1: Motion, Energy and Matter. Basic physics, Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy concepts, Solids under stress, Using radiation to investigate stars, Particles and nuclear structure.
    AS Specification - Unit 2: Electricity and Light. Conduction of electricity, Resistance, D.C. circuits, The nature of waves, Wave properties, Refractions of light, Photons, Lasers.

    Structure of Year 2: A2 Physics.

    A2 Specification - Unit 3: Oscillations and Nuclei. Circular motion, Vibrations, Kinetic theory, Thermal physics, Nuclear decay, Nuclear energy.
    A2 Specification - Unit 4: Fields and Options. , Capacitance, Electrostatic and gravitational fields of force, Orbits and wider universe, Magnetic field, Electromagnetic induction.

    Choice of 1 option from 4: Altering currents, Medical physics, The physics of sports, Energy and the environment.

    A2 Specification - Unit 5: Practical Examination.

  • Assessment

    AS Specification - Unit 1: Written Exam - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification.
    AS Specification - Unit 2: Written Exam - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification.
    AS Specification. Practical work is integrated throughout the course and questions may arise in the written papers.

    A2 Specification - Unit 3: Written examination - 2 hours 15 minutes, 25% of qualification.
    A2 Specification - Unit 4: Written examination - 2 hours, 25% of qualification.
    A2 Specification - Unit 5: Practical Examination, 10% of qualifcation.
    A2 Specification: Practical work performed throughout the year will culminate in a practical exam.

  • Additional Costs

    There will be additional course-related costs.

Study Mode

Full-Time

Location

Neath College - 01639 648000

Course Length

2 years