We can understand your dilemma of choice about taking up H2 Physics for your A-levels and seek to shed some information to help with your decision-making process.
What does the H2 Physics syllabus cover?
This syllabus has been designed to build on your knowledge of O-level Physics, with the assumption that you have some understanding of it as a pure or combined Science subject. The Physics subject is able to train you in critical thinking skills like data analysis, problem solving and logical reasoning. It is also the fundamental science behind Chemistry and Biology.
The core concepts in H2 Physics are Systems & Interactions, Models & Representations and Conservation Laws. The main topics are Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Oscillations and Waves, Electricity and Magnetism and Modern Physics.
The scheme of assessment during examinations consists of four papers: Multiple Choice, Structured Questions, Longer Structured Questions and Practical.
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Connections to the real world & your career options
Physics is a fundamental science concerning with basic principles of the universe to study matter, energy and their interactions. H2 Physics at the A-levels could pave the way for certain career paths in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Medicine.
Did you also know that Architecture and Real Estate courses in universities stated Physics as one of their pre-requisite subjects? A sound understanding of fundamental Physics concepts is deem crucial to design and construct safe buildings for us to live and work in.
In the recent years, artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning are becoming hot topics of research and application across various industries. A mind trained in the area of Physics enhances your skills in logical reasoning, data analysis and scientific assessments which can come in handy.
Physics graduates are also sought after in the area of Research & Development across various sectors and applications in astrophysics, geophysics, health physics, condensed matter physics, and material sciences. You may also be challenged to apply your Physics knowledge in the development of new technology.
If you are more interested in the areas of Education or Academia, you could pursue a career as a teacher, or to dive into graduate studies and research. The latter usually consists of a blend of research and lecturing responsibilities, with the possibility of becoming a university professor eventually.
On an added note, you should also plan your undergraduate studies and future career path by knowing the pre-requisite subjects (and if H2 Physics is required) for your desired university course. You can view these websites to find out more:
What to expect for H2 Physics?
A-level Physics is a subject that requires students to have strong content mastery and application skills to ace this subject. Studying approach goes beyond the usual rote memorization but one that requires a strong foundational understanding of the subject plus critical thinking. There will also be an increased level of mathematical rigour to use concepts from Elementary and Additional Math. Some topics may require you to tap into your imagination, observation and analysis of daily phenomenon to solidify its concepts.
H2 Physics does not have to be a daunting subject. With the right learning approach and methods, ample practice, and proper guidance, it is highly possible to do relatively well for this subject. Concept First is here to come alongside your learning journey. Find out more about our A-level classes here and our free webinar here to help you make the decision if H2 Physics is for you.