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Why study Physics?

Do you want to know:-
• Why Physics is important in spare part surgery?
• How do different musical instruments produce their sound?
• How are tall buildings protected from earthquakes?
• How can we learn from the stars to produce pollution-free energy supplies?
Then A Level Physics is the course for you!

Extra-curricular aspects of the course

There will be a number of visits to institutions such as Daresbury Science Park, Sellafield, University of Manchester and engineering career links.

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirement is either a Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or a Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science. Given the level of difficulty of this A Level however, we would recommend a Grade 7 in Physics or a Grade 7-7 in Combined Science. In addition a minimum of a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required and a Grade 7 is recommended. It is strongly advised that students taking Physics A Level also take Mathematics A Level.

Higher Education and Careers

Physics can lead to a wide range of courses and careers. You could use Physics to support other qualifications or move on to further studies or employment, including a BTEC Higher National (HNC or HND), a degree course (such as Engineering, Architecture, Medicine or Astronomy) or employment in areas such as structural engineering, renewable energy, particle research, building services engineering, radiography and acoustics.


Equipment required for the course

Pupils will need a scientific calculator.


Course Content
1.    Measurements and their errors
2.    Particles and radiation
3.    Waves
4.    Mechanics and materials
5.    Electricity
6.    Further mechanics and thermal physics
7.    Fields and their consequences
8.    Nuclear physics
9.    Engineering physics (Option unit)

A Level (All content
including Option unit)
Paper 1 (33.3% of A Level)
Paper 2 (33.3% of A Level)
Paper 2 (33.3% of A Level)
   2 Hours  2 Hours 2 Hours


For more information on this course please contact 

 Mr A Gorman