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 Chemistry, Biology, IT and Computing, Music Technology, Graphic Design and Geography.
You could consider Physics alongside contrasting subjects (e.g. Music, Art, History), but if you are only studying one science subject, we would recommend that it should be Applied Science.
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.
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 www.aqa.org.uk
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.
This summer, Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. We are holding a celebratory event to mark this special occasion. The event will include live music performances…
We are holding a College in Action morning on Thursday 2nd May, 10.00am-12.00pm for students and their parents/guardians. This includes a small introduction and Q&A session, followed by a campus…
The College Library will be opening on Saturdays from Saturday 27th April as a quiet space to study and revise between 10am and 4pm. The Library will also open on…