A Level Physics

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code 9702
Entry Requirements IGCSE Grades BB in Coordinated Science or Grade B in IGCSE Physics

Introduction

A physics qualification opens the doors to all sorts of jobs and courses. All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from music to medicine, or lasers to law – studying physics is an essential first step.

So….Do you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between?

How about understanding how the technology around you works? Want to save the planet or maybe just help people get better when they are ill? Or maybe you don’t care about any of this and just want to earn lots of money?

Well it doesn’t really matter. Whatever you do the knowledge and skills you gain by studying Physics will be useful. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

What is a Physics like at A-level?

You will already have come across some of the concepts of physics at IGCSE or standard Grade: forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A-Level you will start to see how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies. You will also be able to impress your mates by knowing how things like MP3 players and plasma screen TVs work.

Course Content

Candidates for Cambridge International AS Level Physics study the following topics:

  • Physical quantities and units
  • Measurement techniques
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Forces, density and pressure
  • Work, energy and power
  • Deformation of solids
  • Waves
  • Superposition
  • Electric fields
  • Current of electricity
  • D.C. circuits
  • Particle and nuclear physics

Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Physics study the AS Level topics, including some topics in further detail, and additionally study the following topics:

  • Motion in a circle
  • Gravitational fields
  • Ideal gases
  • Temperature
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Oscillations
  • Communication
  • Capacitance
  • Electronics
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Alternating currents
  • Quantum physics

All candidates study practical skills

Assessment

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.

Candidates who, having received AS certification, wish to continue their studies to the full Advanced Level qualification may carry their AS marks forward and take Papers 4 and 5 in the examination series in which they require certification.

  • Paper 1 – Multiple Choice 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paper 2 – AS Level Structured Questions 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paper 3 – Advanced Practical Skills 2 hours
  • Paper 4 – A Level Structured Questions 2 hours
  • Paper 5 – Planning, Analysis and Evaluation 1 hour 15 minutes

Careers and Progression

Cambridge International A Level Physics provides a suitable foundation for the study of Physics or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in the Physical sciences, or as part of a course of general education. Cambridge International AS Level Physics constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Physics and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Physics at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Physics or some other subjects such as Medicine and Engineering. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in science, or as part of a course of general education. Looking to the future, growth areas that may have a big impact are nanotechnology, quantum computing and molecular biophysics.

For more information, contact Mr Sharma, Mr Rowlands or Mr Lespoir