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A Level Physics at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough

Course description

Why Physics?

Physics courses are as appropriate for young women as young men. Physics is a relevant science for the enquiring mind. The overall aims of the course are to develop student interest in science, particularly physics, whilst preparing them for employment or further studies. Relevant abilities and skills are developed to encourage safe and efficient practice. The course aims to develop the key skills of communication, application of number, working with others, problem solving and information technology. The right attitude is important – accurate, precise work is essential, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness are all encouraged.

You will need to be a competent mathematician and it is strongly recommended that you study AS mathematics in addition to physics. If you are not studying AS level mathematics in Year 12 you will be required to commit yourself to a course of study which will develop your mathematical skills and enable you to cope with these aspects of the physics course. Experience has shown that less able mathematicians obtain lower grades in physics than those who are mathematically competent.

A physics qualification is highly regarded and gives you a wide range of career choices. The course is based around practical activity and problem solving.

How does learning differ from Pre-16 study?

Post-16 physics differs from GCSE in a number of ways. Students need a mature attitude and the ability to study and learn independently. Students need an appetite for work, for example reading, researching, problem solving and practising without specifically being told to do so by the teacher. This is in addition to the assignments set.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

QEHS standard entry requirements will apply and in addition students are expected to achieve at least a B grade at GCSE/iGCSE physics or grade B in GCSE science and additional science.

Future opportunities


Beyond A2, you might expect to move into careers in almost anything. Physics is a highly regarded qualification and if you can succeed in Physics you can put your mind to anything.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years