Physics

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Why choose this subject?

Physics has one of the highest values of any A Level. It commands universal respect among universities and employers. Physics helps build problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills students will be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.

Physicists are in big demand – whatever the chosen career path, a qualification in physics will open doors! Whatever students go on to do, the knowledge and skills gained by studying physics will be useful. Physics is more than a subject – it trains the brain to think beyond boundaries.

How will this subject be delivered?

Physics is taught through theoretical and practical sessions. Students will develop experimental skills as they explore a variety of topics in real depth.

Year 12
• Materials
• Electric Circuits
• Waves
• Quantum Physics
• Particles
• Forces and Motion (Newton’s Laws)

Year 13 (A Level)
• Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
• Fields and their consequences
• Nuclear Physics

One of the following optional modules:
• Astrophysics
• Medical Physics
• Engineering Physics
• Turning Points in Physics
• Electronics

How is it assessed?

There will be three papers in the summer of Year 13, including multichoice questions and questions on practical experiments and data analysis. Students will be assessed on practical skills throughout the course and will get a certificate if they pass this assessment.

Subject specific entry requirements

A minimum of two grade 6’s in GCSE Combined Science or a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Physics and grade 5 in GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry. Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Progression

This qualification is invaluable for entry to higher education courses in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Medical Physics, and it is highly desirable for Computing and Architecture. Studying Physics leads to a wide variety of rewarding careers, including roles such as physical scientist, laboratory technician, researcher and electronics engineer. Physicists often go on to careers in finance and other jobs where problem solving is a must-have.

Additional costs relating to this course

You will need to own a scientific calculator.

Level: A LEVEL

Board: AQA

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