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    Is there a lot of GCSE knowledge of physics required to succeed at AS? Problem is ATM I'm doing maths with mehcanics and I'm enjoying it and looks very interesting and was looking to sit physics as a private candidate having done only Chemistry to GCSE (And that too a C:mad: ). So is it possible to get an A with no prior GCSE knowledge?
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    (Original post by Ultimate1)
    Is there a lot of GCSE knowledge of physics required to succeed at AS? Problem is ATM I'm doing maths with mehcanics and I'm enjoying it and looks very interesting and was looking to sit physics as a private candidate having done only Chemistry to GCSE (And that too a C:mad: ). So is it possible to get an A with no prior GCSE knowledge?
    Some parts of the GCSE course are not used at all, some parts are built on extensively and form large parts of the A-level course.
    I would suggest you look through an A-level syllabus, and see what parts of it 'tie in' with GCSE.

    As for your question, to get an A at A-level physics you need to have a very, very firm grasp of the relevant GCSE concepts, and be able to build on them.
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    (Original post by M_E_X)
    Some parts of the GCSE course are not used at all, some parts are built on extensively and form large parts of the A-level course.
    I would suggest you look through an A-level syllabus, and see what parts of it 'tie in' with GCSE.

    As for your question, to get an A at A-level physics you need to have a very, very firm grasp of the relevant GCSE concepts, and be able to build on them.
    Is it easy to grasp that GCSE knowledge from the textbooks though?
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    (Original post by Ultimate1)
    Is it easy to grasp that GCSE knowledge from the textbooks though?
    Well, yes - GCSEs are a lot simpler than A-levels, and as I said earlier you will only need certain parts of the GCSE course - the parts that overlap with A-levels.

    If I were you I'd go and look at some A-level physics syllabuses, as I suggested in my previous post .
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    (Original post by M_E_X)
    Well, yes - GCSEs are a lot simpler than A-levels, and as I said earlier you will only need certain parts of the GCSE course - the parts that overlap with A-levels.

    If I were you I'd go and look at some A-level physics syllabuses, as I suggested in my previous post .
    OK Thanks. I'll go and check a few specifications!
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    I got an A for GCSE but that was 14 years ago and I've just gone back to college in Sept and have taken physics. I couldn't remember anything from GCSE so bought myself a revision guide and read through it, and I'm finding it fine. Hope that helps =O)
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    (Original post by Ultimate1)
    Is there a lot of GCSE knowledge of physics required to succeed at AS? Problem is ATM I'm doing maths with mehcanics and I'm enjoying it and looks very interesting and was looking to sit physics as a private candidate having done only Chemistry to GCSE (And that too a C:mad: ). So is it possible to get an A with no prior GCSE knowledge?
    Only thing from physics i recognise to be from gcse are some of the formulas. V=IR and P=QV no much GCSE is needed.
 
 
 
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