L2 Physics - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Kent

Level 2 Physics - Semester A

Mechanics is the fundamental concept underpinning all physics understanding. 

Physics seeks to understand nature at its most fundamental level. Physicists – and students studying physics – attempt to discover and apply the general laws that govern force and motion, matter and energy, and space and time.

Mechanics is fundamental to a range of professional and exciting careers including engineering, astrophysics and geophysics. Physics students should develop sufficient scientific awareness and skills to be able to engage with these areas and nurture further interest in them.

Skills and Competencies taught:

Research skills - Finding and evaluating information and apply physics concepts to a real-world example

Communication skills using language, symbols and text - Write comprehensive statements that demonstrate understanding of connections between mechanical physics concepts

Managing self - Safely plan and carry out practical investigations to demonstrate physical phenomena

Participating and contributing - Carry out practical activities in groups

Relating to others - apply physics concepts to a real-world example

Mathematical skills -  Complete 2+ - step mathematical calculations

In order to gain a Course Endorsement, students will have to go onto study Semester B of Level 2 Physics.


L2 Physics - Semester B, L3 Physics - Semester A

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

It is preferable that students selecting this course have passed the Mechanics external at Level 1, however, due to the COVID-19 situation, entry to the course will be considered on a case by case basis. It is also helpful if students are studying the Maths Semester A Graphing and the Maths Semester B Pre-Calculus.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91169 v2 Physics 2.2 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context
A.S. 91171 v2 Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 9 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.