Why is the sky blue?…
Which way does water drain down a plughole?…
Why does my hair stand on end at certain times?...
These can all be answered through Physics. Everything will have a cause that ultimately whittles down to the laws of Physics, and studying A Level Physics will help you to uncover the reasons why.
Frequently asked questions
What do I study in Physics?
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and radiation
- Mechanics and materials
- Further mechanics and thermal physics
- Fields and their consequences
- Nuclear physics
How hard is A Level Physics compared to GCSE?
A Level Physics is a Level 3 course whereas GCSE Physics is a Level 2 course. This means that there is a significant increase in the level of content difficulty. However, if you are prepared to invest the independent learning time outside of lessons to properly grasp the content you are learning about, then there is every chance that you will manage this step-up successfully. A Level Physics also incorporates a lot of mathematical skills, so an excellent grasp of GCSE Mathematics is essential.
What are the assessments like?
In Physics, you are assessed via three exams taken at the end of Y13. Two of the papers are worth 85 marks with the remaining paper being worth 80 marks. There are no coursework elements to complete.