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Physics A level

What will I study in Physics A level?

Physics is a study of the mechanics and fundamental constituents of the universe, of matter and energy, which ranges from the fundamental particles inside atoms to the complexities of space. The subject appeals to those with an inquisitive mind, a natural aptitude for mathematics and a keen eye for detail. Practical activities are used to consolidate and extend classroom learning, and the knowledge and understanding of these experiments are examined at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, pupils will need to have, in addition to the requirements set by the School for entry to the Sixth Form, a minimum of two grade 7s in Science at GCSE. It will be advantageous to have studied triple Science and pupils will be accepted onto this course if they have achieved a grade 7 for Physics and passed the other two Sciences with a 6 grade or above. Pupils will also need to have passed Mathematics with a grade 6 as there is a significant mathematics requirement in the syllabus.

Units of study

  • Unit 1: Measurements and their errors
  • Unit 2: Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Materials
  • Unit 3: Electricity, Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  • Unit 4: Fields and their consequences
  • Unit 5: Nuclear Physics
  • Unit 6: Engineering Physics

Assessment

One terminal exam of three papers including multiple choice, short and long answer questions on all content, plus practical experiments and data analysis.

Where could it lead?

Research physics, engineering, healthcare, aerospace, energy, software development, nanotechnology, robotics and many others!