A Level

Physicists study the laws that govern the universe, where they originate and how they behave in a range of contexts.

Through 9 theoretical sections and 12 assessed practical investigations, students discover how scientific theory transforms into deeper knowledge and understanding.

We recommend studying A Level Mathematics alongside A Level Physics. A Level Physics provides ideal preparation for further study in the Physical Sciences or in any kind of Engineering.

If you are interested in applying for a degree course in these areas of study, you will find most universities also require Mathematics at A Level. Apart from Mathematics, other subjects that would complement Physics include Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, IT and Computing, Music Technology and Geography. A Level Physics provides ideal preparation for almost any career. It teaches students how to analyse complex problems and gives students a strong quantitative background that can be applied in any technical field.

100% Examination

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Course content

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Year 1

Section 1 – Measurements and their errors

Students learn that all measurements they take have errors.

Section 2 – Particles and Radiation

This involves particles that make up atoms and how light interacts with electrons.

Section 3 – Waves

This includes the properties of waves and how waves interfere with matter and each other.

Section 4 – Mechanics and Materials

This section includes forces, motion and elastic materials.

Section 5 – Electricity

The final section further develops fundamentals principles developed at GCSE level.

 There are no external exams at the end of the first year. Progression to Year 2 will be based on internal assessments at the end of Year 1.

Year 2

Section 6 – Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics

This includes thermal physics, circular motion and oscillations.

Section 7 – Fields and their consequences

Topics included are gravitational and electric fields and electromagnetism

Section 8 – Nuclear Physics

Here we study how unstable nuclei can break down to produce nuclear radiation.

Section 9 – Astrophysics

Electromagnetic Doppler Effect and the Expanding Universe.
Students completing the full A Level will be examined on all units spread over three exams at the end of the second year.

Assessment: 100% exam

The complete specification can be seen on the AQA website

Departmental Enrichment

Each February, around 25 students travel to Geneva, Switzerland to visit CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. We also visit the Red Cross and Red Crescent museum, the UN building and enjoy sight seeing in Geneva.

The Physics Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

The department has two well equipped laboratories, close to the other science labs on the ground floor of the Ash building. There is also an open access computer area adjacent to the laboratory and a demonstration classroom shared with the rest of the Science department.

The course is supported with printed notes and booklets.

What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

The jump from GCSE to A Level is a challenge, but with a good start, it is one which you can make successfully. Look out for details about Wyke Start, which is open to all students aiming to start at Wyke in September. This event will take place just as school GCSEs are finishing.

At Wyke Start, you will have the opportunity to experience actual lessons in a range of subjects, including Physics.  We will try to show you exactly what studying Physics will be like.  We will also set you some preparatory tasks for completion over the summer. As you tackle these, you will be helping to ensure a confident start to your A Level Physics course in September.

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