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Physics

"An extremely enjoyable and interesting course in which I learned something I never knew before in every
lesson."

6th Form Student

Physics A is split into six modules, and combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitutes the full A Level.

The modules can be summarised as:

Module1:  Development of practical
Module 2:  Foundations  of Physics
Module 3: Forces and Motions
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical physics

The Practical Endorsement is reported separately as a Pass/Fail. It is a requirement for students to show competence in practical skills in a physics context. They will complete a series of practical activities over two years to gain a pass.

Entry Requirement

A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Assessment

Module1:  Development of practical skills - this module underpins the whole of the
specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course.  The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.

Module 2: Foundations in Physics : covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
Module 3 & 4: AS Topics (Motion, Electrons Waves & Photons)
Module 5 & 6: A Level  Topics (Nuclear Physics, Fields, Oscillating Motion)

At A Level:
A Level Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5
A Level Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1,2,4 and 6 plus and material
appropriately flagged within the specification from Modules 3 and 5
A Level Paper 3 assesses the contact from Modules 1 to 6.

Future Applications 

A-level Physics, in combination with Maths, is required for entry to higher education courses in the Physical Sciences and Engineering. Degrees in these subjects can, lead to a wide range of careers in areas that include Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Materials Technology,
Forensic Science, Engineering, Meteorology and Medical Physics. Physics A-Level is also good for intended careers in Medicine, Mathematics and Computing.

Alumni

Lola Grade A*, University College London (UCL) - Physics
Joshua Grade A*, Oxford University - Engineering.
Daniel Grade A Loughborough University - Automotive Engineering
Daniel Grade A, Lancaster medicine and surgery
Scott Grade A, Newcastle Mechanical engineering.