Studying Physics at a higher level aims to encourage learners to:
• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
Skills linked to scientific methods. Throughout the course the following areas will be studied;
• A range of experimental methods and techniques for analysing empirical data,
• How to model the motion of objects using mathematics,
• The effect forces have on objects,
• The connection between force and energy,
• Electric current, electrical circuits, wave properties, electromagnetic waves and, quantum physics.
• How to predict the motion of planets and distant galaxies.
• The intricacies of stars and the expansion of the Universe by analysing the electromagnetic radiation from space.
• Nuclear physics, particle physics and medical imaging.
We encourage all our students to undertake work experience to allow them to make links between what they learn in the classroom and how it can apply to various job roles in the real world. A wide range of opportunities are available and in previous years we have supported students applying and completing Nuffield placements, work experience at Pfizer, completing workshops offered by Universities and attending various careers talks. All of which the students have found to be invaluable experiences.
There will be three public examinations and one examination series available each year in June.
Paper 1 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and will be worth 100 marks.
Paper 2 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and will be worth 100 marks.
Paper 3 (1hour 30minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1 to 6 and will be worth 70 marks. There is a minimum of 12 practical activities that will be carried out throughout the course to demonstrate practical competence. This will be reported separately from A Level grade.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English (Minimum grade 4), Maths (Minimum Grade 7), Combined Science 9/9-6/6 or Single Sciences 9-6 in Physics and 9-6 in Biology and Chemistry. It is a strongly recommended that you also take A Level Maths.