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Physics at Calder High School

Course description

We’ve chosen the Edexcel linear approach to the specification because we believe it will be interesting and exciting, and allows students to build on related concepts through the topic . The first two topics, Mechanics and Materials form Unit 1 ‘Physics on the go’. The next three, Waves, dc Electricity and Nature of light form unit 2 ‘Physics at work’.

Each topic has embedded in it several examples of how Physics works and the Activebook CD that accompanies the excellent text book has further useful resources.

We have high expectations of you and we expect you to do well. This will only happen if you work hard.

Course content


Unit 1 (40%) Mechanics and materials. Taught using applications that relate to sports, joint replacements and lens implants – Externally assessed

Unit 2 (40%) Waves, electricity and the wave/particle nature of light. Taught through the context of solar cells, science of music and medical physics - Externally assessed

Unit 3 (20%) Coursework – an experiment based on a physics-based visit or application of Physics - Internally assessed.


Unit 4 (40%) Further mechanics, involving electric and magnetic fields and current research in particle physics – Externally assessed

Unit 5 (40%) Thermal energy, oscillations, nuclear decay, astrophysics and cosmology – Externally assessed

Unit 6 (20%) Coursework – planning and carrying out an experiment, then analysing the results – Internally assessed.

Entry requirements

B in core Science (Higher Tier) and B in Additional Science (Higher Tier) not Additional Applied or Dual Award Applied Science

B in GCSE Mathematics


B in GCSE Physics (Higher Tier)

B in GCSE Mathematics

Future opportunities

Higher Education






An enormous number of opportunities are open to holders of A2 Physics. You could be trying to answer some of the big questions in life, improving the quality of people’s lives in medicine, engineering, climatology, noise engineering, flight engineering, vehicle design, broadcasting, science writing, satellite design, computer science, pollution science, biomedical engineering, doctor, osteopathy, radiography, veterinary surgery, investment banking, financial analysis, biotechnology, sports equipment design, recording engineering, CAD technology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September