Physics AS and A Level
Hello prospective physicists, on this page we hope to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about studying physics at A Level. 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. Cambridge International 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.
What Will I Study?
The AS and A Level build on what you studied at IGCSE, taking the concepts and ideas both deeper and broader.Candidates for Cambridge International AS Level Physics study the following topics:
• Physical quantities and units
• Measurement techniques
• Forces, density and pressure
• Work, energy and power
• Deformation of solids
• 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
• Thermal properties of materials
• Oscillations• Communication
• Magnetic fields
• Electromagnetic induction
• Alternating currents
• Quantum physics
All candidates study practical skills.
How Will I be Assessed?
Candidates following an AS Level route take papers 1-3 and will be eligible for grades a–e.
Candidates following an A Level route take papers 4 and 5 in addition and are eligible for grades A*–E.
End of Chapter Questions
To give you an idea of the type and standard of questions that you could be asked. These have been taken from our current textbook.
Careers and Further Study
By studying physics at school you’re opening the door to a wide variety of rewarding careers.
As well as learning about how the universe works, you’ll get a broad training in skills that all employers value. An ability to grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, not to mention problem solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills.
Even if you don’t end up working in a physics related industry, these skills are still highly regarded. Studying physics is a good way of keeping your options open and earning a good salary. I highly recommend checking out the Institute of Physics careers page at www.iop.org/careers.
There are profiles showing what physicists get up to and you can look at the sectors that physics graduates work in the Your Future with Physics: Career Directions section.