Why choose AS Level Physics?
Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in physics, an in-depth knowledge of the most important themes in physics and strong practical skills. AS and A Level Physics helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study. Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and communication and teamwork skills.
Models of physical systems. Physics is the science that seeks to understand the behaviour of the Universe. The development of models of physical systems is central to physics. Models simplify, explain and predict how physical systems behave.
Testing predictions against evidence. Physical models are usually based on prior observations, and their predictions are tested to check that they are consistent with the behaviour of the real world. This testing requires evidence, often obtained from experiments.
Mathematics as a language and problem-solving . Mathematics is integral to physics, as it is the language that is used to express physical principles and models. It is also a tool to analyse theoretical models, solve quantitative problems and produce predictions.
Matter, energy and waves. Everything in the Universe comprises matter and/or energy. Waves are a key mechanism for the transfer of energy and are essential to many modern applications of physics.
Forces and fields. The way that matter and energy interact is through forces and fields. The behaviour of the Universe is governed by fundamental forces that act over different length scales and magnitudes. These include the gravitational force and the electromagnetic force.
How are Candidates Assessed?
Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take Papers 1, 2 and 3 (either Advanced Practical Skills
1 or Advanced Practical Skills 2) in a single examination series.
Paper 1 Multiple Choice 1 hour 15 minutes This paper consists of 40 multiple choice questions, all with four options. All questions will be based on the AS Level syllabus content. [40 marks]
Paper 2 AS Level Structured Questions 1 hour 15 minutes This paper consists of a variable number of questions of variable mark value. All questions will be based on the AS Level syllabus content. [60 marks]
Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills 2 hours
This paper requires candidates to carry out practical work in timed conditions.
The paper will consist of two experiments drawn from different areas of
physics. The experiments may be based on physics not included in the syllabus
content, but candidates will be assessed on their practical skills rather than their
knowledge of theory. [40 marks]