This one or two year qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that are developed in GCSE Science. You will learn theory and develop relevant practical skills throughout the course. Numeracy and mathematical methods are important in physics, as are skills in communication, research and critical thinking. You will be expected to take an active part in lessons and use sophisticated laboratory equipment confidently.
Modules to be studied include:
- Mechanics (motion, forces, energy and power)
- Materials (Fluid flow, strength of materials)
- Waves (Behaviour, Light and Sound)
- Electricity (Electrical quantities and circuits)
- Nature of Light (Spectra and energy levels)
The qualification is awarded from successful completion of two topic tests and an exam focussed on general physics principals and laboratory techniques.
- Further Mechanics (momentum and circular motion)
- Electric and Magnetic Fields
- Particle Physics (particle accelerators and particle interactions)
- Nuclear Radiation
- Gravitational fields
The qualification is awarded in a similar way to the AS qualification, namely successful completion of two topic tests on a wider range of subjects and an exam focussed on more searching general physics principals and laboratory techniques.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Physics, which could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer.
The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.