Physics at A Level is a challenging and thought provoking course about the nature of the universe, in which a good grade will distinguish you from the crowd. You will be further developing some of the core principles covered at GCSE such as forces and electricity as well as new areas such as quantum phenomena, gravitational fields and relativity.
Physics is the backbone of the Engineering industry, but is also highly regarded in other careers such as Medicine, Architecture, Computer Science, Music Technology, Finance and Law. The problem solving skills that you develop and the mathematical aptitude you achieve during the Physics course, make it a highly regarded subject.
Students study the new AQA syllabus Physics A Level. As part of the course, students will be given opportunities to use modern technology including data logging equipment and to participate in practical work to support the theory.
The subject is delivered by two teachers for each class. The department aims to provide support to the students taking the course through the use of regular weekly Physics clinics and revision sessions prior to exams.
For the 2 year A Level course:
Measurements and their errors.
Particles & radiation.
Mechanics and materials.
Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics.
Fields and their consequences.
Turning Points in Physics.
The new A Level positively incorporates the use of practicals throughout the course which are tested in the third terminal exam. The two other theory papers use multiple choice, short and long answer questions.
Physics is a rewarding course that will help you in a great number of career paths as it has many transferable skills.
To study this course, you are expected to achieve a Grade 7 or higher in GCSE Physics, or a Grade 7 in Double Science with a Grade 7 in the Physics components. Also, at least Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and English.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as Chemistry and Biology, which could lead onto Higher Education in a Science related subject, or more general Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you to develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.