Physics A Level

Subject:                       Physics

Level:                          AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 OCR

Location:                      Y Pant School



Physics is an interesting course that is a key part of Science, Technology and Engineering. It allows pupils to develop the key skills of literacy, numeracy, ICT and analytical skills.


Pupils will explore the following areas:


Unit title and description AS Unit title and description A LEVEL

  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work and energy
Newtonian World

  • Newton’s laws and momentum
  • Circular motion and oscillations
  • Thermal Physics
Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • Electric current
  • Resistance
  • DC Circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum Physics
Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics

  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Capacitors and exponential decay
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Medical imaging
  • Modelling the Universe
Practical Skills in Physics

Internal assessment of practical skills

Practical Skills in Physics

Internal assessment of practical skills



Requirements/Skills for entry to the Course:

Pupils with an A or B grade at GCSE will be allowed onto the course. Pupils with a grade C will be considered after consultation with other staff. A good level of mathematical understanding is important. Physics is a demanding yet rewarding course which requires a high level of commitment and work.


Career Opportunities/Additional Information:

Physics is important in many fields of employment, such as medicine, engineering and the obvious scientific fields. As a subject it is well respected as a qualification for entry on to most higher education courses.

Staff to consult for further information

Mr. A. Gardner


Subject:                       Physics

Level:                          AS & A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 WJEC

Location:                      Bryn Celynnog


The Physics course is intended for pupils who wish to pursue their studies of Physics to a greater depth and understanding than that required at GCSE. Physics is an interesting course that it is delivered in such a fashion to allow pupils to develop many key skill areas; e.g. literacy skills, numeracy skills and analytical skills.  IT skills, particularly in the field of analysis will also be developed.  Pupils studying Physics in the sixth form will explore the following areas:

AS Modules
·         Motion, Energy and Matter (20%)
·         Electricity and Light (20%)
A LEVEL Modules
·         Oscillations and Nuclei (25%)
·         Fields and Options (25%)
·         Practical examination (10%)


Requirements/skills for entry onto the course

All students should have a least a ‘B’ grade in their GCSE Science studies. Pupils who opt for Physics in the sixth form are usually those with an enquiring, problem solving mindset who have previously shown an interest and aptitude for Physical Sciences.  Pupils must also realise that Physics is a demanding course and requires that pupils have a high level of commitment and the motivation to work to the best of their ability.

Career Opportunities

Those pupils who enter the Sixth Form to study Physics at A Level are the ones who expect to enter the world of Industry, Engineering, Commerce or the Medical Profession.

However, the analytical and problem solving skills developed on the Physics course supports a very broad range of career opportunities. As a subject Physics is a well respected qualification for entry into Higher Education.

Staff to consult for further information

Mr. J. Willmott