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Course Information


Type: A Level

Entry Requirements:Standard entry requirements plus a minimum of a grade 6 or higher in GCSE combined science or GCSE physics.

Course Length: 2 Years

Curriculum Outline: Key Stage 5


Physics is the science of matter, energy, space and time. It covers a scale ranging from sub atomic particles such as quarks to stars and the entire universe. On the A level physics course you learn about both fundamental concepts and physics in everyday settings.

What will I study

The specification content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics, with practical skills woven throughout.

  • Module 1 - development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 - foundations of physics
  • Module 3 - forces and motion
  • Module 4 - electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5 - newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 - particles and medical physics

How will I be assessed?

This is a two year course with all exams taking place at the end of Year 13.

Assessment Overview

Modelling physics (01)
100 marks
2 hour 15 minutes written paper
37% of total mark

Exploring physics (02)
100 marks
2 hour 15 minutes written paper
37% of total mark

Unified physics (03)
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes written paper
26% of total mark

Where can physics lead?

Careers directly related to physics include education, manufacturing, aerospace, finance, defence, health care, engineering, telecommunications and meteorologist.

What Students Say:

"Physics has helped me develop many skills employers are looking for such as problem solving skills and being able to 'think outside the box'."

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