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Physics ( A level linear - No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

This is a linear course - all A level exams are taken at the end of the A level course. 

Physics is a very versatile subject and can open up opportunities in a wide range of careers. Physics A level is a requirement for most degree courses in Physics, the Sciences, Metrology, and Engineering (including Chemical Engineering). It is highly regarded for many types of degrees such as Law, Medicine and Veterinary Science. A vast range of careers are accessible including physiotherapy, radiography or biotechnology. A-level Physics complements Maths and other sciences.

You’ll enjoy this course if you are interested in how the physical world works from the properties of the finest particles that comprise matter to the astronomical bodies that make up the universe. 

You will learn and develop: problem solving through logical thought,  mathematical skills and practical application such as planning experiments, analysing data, evaluating procedures and drawing conclusions. 

Course content

The course content is split into six teaching modules:

· Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

· Module 2 – Foundations of physics

· Module 3 – Forces and motion

· Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

· Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

• Module 6 – Particles and medical physics


You will be taught in a variety of ways including practical work, video and PowerPoint presentations, discussions, research and using online resources accessed through doddlelearn and google classroom.

You will be expected to complete a minimum of 6 hours of private study per week consolidating classwork, learning definitions and equations, supportive reading and preparing for the following lesson. 

Entry requirements

English  and Mathematics at level 5 and three differnt subjects at a minimum of grade C.  A grade B or above in Physics Triple Science) or grade B in both Core Science and Additional Science. 


Paper 1 :- Modelling Physics

External written examination 37% of A level

Paper 2 :- Exploring Physics

External written examination 37% of A level

Paper 3 :- Unified Physics

External written examination 26% of A level

Paper 4 :- Practical Endorsement

Non-examination assessment and reported separately



Financial information

Relevant trips and visits to support the curriculum. 

Future opportunities

  A level Physics is essential for many future careers in science and engineering. It can also help you progress in other fields that value the demanding skills developed through Physics. Many accountants, bankers and business managers have benefited from studying Physics, as well as astronomers, radiographers, laser technologists, RAF flight systems technicians, meteorologists, scientific journalists, product marketing and civil engineers!  Over half of all physicists work in Research and Development, Engineering, and Information Technology. Some physicists work on problems at the frontiers of knowledge; others tackle the challenging problems which arise in the application of physics to industrial and engineering problems. Physicists also work in medicine and teaching.

 You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Chemistry and Biology which could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries look for.   

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your  school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

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