GCSE and AS level physics

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mintchocchip
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How big is the gap between GCSE and AS level physics? I’m getting 9s in my mocks however there are somethings I don’t fully understand and have never felt confident like I do in chemistry and biology. I’d like to take it as I’d like a career in science so I’m sure the knowledge would help me a lot. I’m doing chem bio and maths as well.
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at a level physics you learn about a lot more complex physics like mechanics, materials, electricity, waves, quantum physics, further mechanics, fields, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, and other hard stuff you won't off come across at GCSE like golden leaf and the photoelectric effect
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(Original post by liamlarner)
at a level physics you learn about a lot more complex physics like mechanics, materials, electricity, waves, quantum physics, further mechanics, fields, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, and other hard stuff you won't off come across at GCSE like golden leaf and the photoelectric effect
Is this all in AS (year 12) or the entire A level course?
And how are you finding it?
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The gap is less now than it was due to the new GCSE's as the new GCSE is harder. There is still a difference as there is a lot more independent work at As (eg finishing questions you didn't finish in class) If you really enjoy physics don't let the gap put you off. I personally find As physics better than the GCSE as you go into more detail in each concept, quantum physics is especially awesome as it's new to anything you would have studied at GCSE (quantum is my favourite topic at yr12) Also you don't have to memorise as many equations as you have to at GCSE
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