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A Level

Why study this course?

• If you have an interest in and enjoy physical sciences

• If you want to find out how things in the physical world work

• If you enjoy applying your mind to solving problems

• If you are studying other science subjects and/or mathematics and you want to take another course that will supplement and support your studies

Potential careers:

• Architecture

• Civil Engineering

• Armed Forces & Defence industry

• Astronomy

• Car Design

• Education & Teaching

• Law & Finance

• Medicine (especially Medical Physics)

• Meteorology

• Nanotechnology

• Nuclear, Oil & Gas Industries

• Renewable Energy Industry

• Space Exploration Industries

• Telecommunications

• Transport & Infrastructure


At the end of their 2 year course A level students will sit 3 exams. Papers 1 and 2 are both worth 30% of the final grade and last 1 hour and 45 minutes. Paper 3 covers content from any area of the A-level course and includes assessment of the understanding of practical principles. This paper is worth 40% of the final grade and lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes. In addition, students will be separately judged on their practical skills by internal assessment over a series of 16 practical activities. This will be reported separately on their certificates as “pass” or “fail”.

Course content

You will study all of the following:

• Mechanics

• Electric Circuits

• Further Mechanics

• Electric & Magnetic Fields

• Nuclear & Particle Physics

• Materials

• Wave & Particle Nature of Light

• Thermodynamics

• Space

• Nuclear Radiation

• Gravitational Fields

• Oscillations

Staff contact:

Mr S Griffiths