Physics is for those who enjoy problem solving, those who want to explore the natural world on many levels (from the tiniest sub-atomic particles to the scale of the entire universe) and those who want to verify by experiment that mathematical models correspond to reality. It is an A-level that will enable you to go on to a huge variety of future courses and careers, as it is held in high regard by universities and employers. As well as being crucial to those wanting to continue to careers in Physical Science and Engineering, its academic rigour means it is useful for any numerate discipline (including Medicine) and indeed almost any route into higher education.
Please note that if you wish to study Physics at A-level you should also be taking Maths.
Three written papers at the end of two years, comprising multiple choice, structured answers, longer written answers, unstructured problems and comprehension questions:
All papers are roughly equally weighted. There is also an internally assessed Practical Endorsement carried out in 12 key experiments over the two years of study.
|CGP Books||New Head Start to A-level Physics||2015|
|Rees, Martin||Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe|
|Cox, Brian||Why does E=mc2?|
|Close, Frank||The New Cosmic Onion|
|Bryson, Bill||A Short History of Nearly Everything|
|Feynman, Richard P.||Six Easy Pieces|
|Feynman, Richard P.||The Character of Physical Law|