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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