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Physics A Level at Rainhill High School

Course description

If you are a student interested in the natural world and want to deepen your
understanding of the rules that the physical world follows, you will enjoy
this course. Studying Physics provides a desirable background for many degree
courses, including engineering and is also an excellent preparation for a wide
range of careers relating to science. We highly recommend that you select A
Level Mathematics to complement your under- standing of certain aspects of the

Course content

Year 12
- Particles(particles and antiparticles, photons, quarks)
- Quantum Phenomena(photo electricity, wave-particle duality)
- Electricity, Materials and Waves (refraction, diffraction, interference)
Year 13
- Further mechanics(momentum, circular motion, SHM)
- Gravitational and electric fields
- Turning points in physics (discovery of the electron, wave particle duality, special relativity)



The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities and discussions, complete
numerical tasks, practical experimental work and research ideas. At times you will
be expected to work in a group and at other times individually. The course
includes written examinations, practical tests and assignments. There will be
opportunities to attend study days, lectures and masterclasses

Future opportunities

A Level Physicists have great flexibility in the choice of further education and in a
subsequent career which includes; engineering, pilot studies, planetary
science, robotics, radiography, quantity surveying, architecture and construction,
electronics, technology and telecommunications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainhill High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years