Physics is widely regarded as the “hardest” of the three science subjects and is certainly the most mathematical. For this reason it is highly regarded by most university admissions officers, even when its relevance is not immediately obvious. Many undergraduate business and law courses, for example, will accept A Level Physics as an entry qualification, and it is clearly relevant and useful for courses and professions such as radiology, design technology, engineering and paramedical studies.
The boundaries between physics and other sciences are neither rigid nor fixed, and knowledge of physics is required in many other disciplines. For example, a great deal of medicine involves an understanding of physics as well as human biology. Physics offers a unique base from which to meet the demands of new technologies.
A Level Physics is part of The Sciences Pathway, which also includes Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Maths and Further Maths (AS). You will choose 4 AS Level subjects from this pathway in your first year, and then choose 3 subjects to study at A2 in your second year.
Qualification: GCE A Level
Level: Level 3
Timetable: This forms part of a full time programme of study of under 16 hours per week. You will receive your timetable when you enrol.
Start Date: September 2013Fees: For fee information please refer to The Sciences Pathway.
You should have a minimum of 5 appropriate GCSEs at grades A*-C, including maths at grade B or higher and at least grade C in physics. If you have a grade C in maths you will be asked to sit an entrance test to confirm you are suitable for the course. If you have achieved a minimum of a double B grade in the double award in Science, your application may be considered. A GCSE in your home or first language, other than English, cannot be counted as one of the 5 qualifying GCSEs.
AS Level Physics looks in depth at electricity, waves and motion before considering a variety of interesting topics like quantum physics. At A2 the course covers three units: circular motion, thermal physics and modelling the universe, and an experimental investigation which draws together knowledge of physics from the whole of the course. You will be involved in discussions, practical investigations and exercises to ensure that you are well prepared for your examinations.
AS Units OCR H158
A2 Units OCR H558