Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 at GCSE Physics or Grade 7-6 at GCSE Combined Science, Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics Mrs J Tiernan

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics are to enable students to develop:

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • their interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with physics
  • an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Physics is suitable for you if you:

  • have an interest in, and enjoy, physics
  • want to find our about how things work in the physical world
  • enjoy applying your mind to solving problems
  • enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative, logical thinking
  • want to use physics to move onto further studies in Higher Education, support other qualifications or enter physics-based employment.

 

Topics

Topics covered by paper 1 in the A-Level are:

  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Topics covered by paper 2 are:

  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations

  

Assessment

This A-Level is assessed by three externally assessed written papers and further practical activities. The written examinations undertaken are:

  • Paper 1 lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and is marked out of 90. The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. Students are expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Paper 2 lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and is marked out of 90. The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. Students are expected to apply their knowledge and understanding in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Paper 3  lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes and is marked out of 120. The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. Questions in paper 3 may draw on any of the topics in the specification. It will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics. The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students' experiences of the core practicals. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

 

 

Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Physics leads onto a wide range of courses and careers. You could use Physics to support other qualifications or move onto further studies or employment, including: a BTEC Higher National (HNC and HND) or a degree course such as Physics, the Sciences, Medicine, Meteorology, Engineering (including Chemical Engineering) and related programmes employment in the area of, for example, radiography and biotechnology.

In fact, Physics is recognised as an entry qualification for a wide range of Higher Education courses and employment opportunities.