A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs M Conlin / Mr D Shepherd

Entry Requirements

5-5 in Science or a 5 in Physics plus 4 English and 5 Maths

Course Content

This course will encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for physics. The course enables candidates to develop a wide range of skills in data collection, analysis and investigation, alongside developing a logical way of approaching problems and thinking analytically about situations.

At AS level students will cover various topics including the basics behind physical quantities and units. They will also cover ideas on how forces effect motion, including Newton’s Laws before going onto look at ideas to do with electrons, waves and photons. At the end of the first year you will sit two written papers on these topics allowing you to attain an AS in Physics. At this point you may end the course with a recognised AS in Physics.

In the A Level course, students will cover all the above topics alongside topics such as particle physics, medical physics, astrophysics, as well as looking at ideas such as gravitational and electrical fields and circular motion.

At the end of the two year course students will sit 3 written examinations, covering topics from both years of the course.
Students will also have a practical endorsement, which will be reported separately, and comments on their practical skills.

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses such as Chemistry or Biology to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general courses.

Future Opportunities

With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Electronics Engineer, Architect, Medical Physicist or Science Technician as well as being able to access many non-science related careers such as Law and Finance.

University Success

In 2018, 93% of students went to their first or second choice university.

A Level Pass Rate

In 2018, Homewood's Year 13 students achieved 100% pass rate in over 42 A-level and Level 3 courses.