Physics is the study of how things work, from mechanical forces to the nature of light. This is a popular choice if you want to become an engineer or technologist. You'll learn about mechanics, electricity, materials and light.
This course is one of our new Gold Star AS levels. Find out more about them here.
Duration of study
- Maths in physics
- Quantities and units
- Calipers and micrometers
- Practical skills
- Experiments with a spring
- Experiments with a laser pointer and a CD
Section 2 - Mechanics
- Rectilinear motion
- Resolved forces and moments
- Work, energy and power
- Applied mechanics
Section 3 - Electricity
- Charge and current
- Potential difference, electromotive force and power
- Current-potential difference relationships
- Resistance and resistivity
- Internal resistance, series and parallel circuits and the potential divider
Section 4 - Materials and vibrations
- Solid materials
- Nature of waves
Section 5 - Waves and the particle nature of light
- Transmission and reflection of waves
- The eye
- The oscilloscope
- Superposition of waves
- Particle nature of light
- A home-made spectrometer
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- The AS level exams are written, with no practical element, but throughout the exam you will be expected to use your understanding of practical theory to answer questions. You will have gained this knowledge through the 8 core practicals within your course.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 5 assignments
Set texts and resources
- Edexcel A Level Physics Student Book 1, M Benn and G George, Hodder Education 2015
- Maths Skills for A Level Physics, C Tear, Oxford University Press 2013
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
- iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser
- Google Chrome (latest version)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
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How to enrol
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
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What our students say...
"I chose the course for its flexibility, which it certainly has lived up to."
— NEC A level student