A-Level AQA 1451/2451 (AS/A2)
A Level Physics is perhaps the most challenging, but also most rewarding of the A-Level Science options. Starting from first principles of materials, mechanics, fields and waves, students develop their knowledge of how the universe works on a more fundamental level. The course takes in all the important landmarks of physics and allows students to come to an understanding of many of the important issues in modern fundamental and applied physics including quantum theory, particle physics and astrophysics.
In the AS year students will study towards two examined modules and also complete a controlled assessment of their practical skills. Practical work is emphasized throughout the course and students will have ample opportunity to practise for the assessed component.
The A2 course has a similar structure and students are encouraged to develop further their knowledge of the fundamental working of the universe including studies of nuclear and thermal physics and astrophysics.
Year 12 – AS Physics
Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves
Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills
Year 13 – A2 Physics
Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics
Unit 5: This unit comprises two sections
Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics
Section B: Option Units
Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills.
Future Study and Career opportunities
Physics is currently a very high profile scientific discipline. From the workings of the large Hadron collider and the media work of Professor Brian Cox to the Nuclear Incident at Fukushima, physics has rarely had a higher profile. Graduates in physics related disciplines command some of the highest salaries of any group of graduates in the current market. Physics is in demand not only in traditional sectors like astronomy, engineering and computer science, but also in related fields such as telecommunications, forensic science and medicine where advances in imaging techniques have led to a burgeoning job market for medical physicists. Physics graduates are also now attracting the attention of financial institutions such as investment banks where their ability to understand and interpret the workings of complex dynamic systems make them ideally suited to the design of market tracking and analysis systems and software.