Solway College Solway College

Level 2 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 7032801

Recommended Prior Learning

To take year 12 Physics, it is highly recommended that students take the "Mechanics" External achievement standard in level 1 Science. 

Physics tries to explain how nature behaves. It tries to explain the behaviour of everyday objects. It aims to ask every question that can be asked about how absolutely everything works, and then search for the answer to these questions. It looks at the unimaginably big universe and the tiniest particles in an atom. In physics, you will learn how to describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena. You will develop an understanding of important models, laws, and theories of physics, including those relating to energy, forces, and motion.

This course forms the foundation for any future study in physics. 

Physics is vital for many tertiary courses and careers. Engineering,  Architecture, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Aviation, Digital Animation and Coding, Atmospheric sciences, Radiation Therapy, Optometry, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear research is just a short part of a huge list of doors that are opened through studying physics.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS 91171 Demonstrate understanding of mechanics 6 credits - External

AS 91168 Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship 4 credits.

Term 2
Complete AS 91168

AS 91170 Demonstrate understanding of waves 4 credits - External

Term 3
AS 91172 Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics Internal 3 credits


AS 91169 Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context 3 credits

Term 4

Learning Areas:



Level 3 Physics

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