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Physics at Carshalton High School for Girls

Course description

Physics comes from many angles.  When you think physics you often think of the inspirations from the past, Albert Einstein or Issac Newton. In today’s world physics is used in so much more: medicine, healthcare, building, engineering, veterinary, dentistry or for the real high flyers NASA or pilots. It is fascinating and you get to learn about the really massive (galaxies) and the exceptionally small (quarks) and everything in between.

Physics is about the world around us.  It is the study of forces and why they cause everything to happen; we study a range of topics from giant stars to the smallest particle.  The cross curricular skills you can learn at Physics A Level is extremely valued by universities for all courses and by employers alike.

Course content

A Level Physics

For A Level Physics you will follow OCR A Exam Board and over a two years course you will learn the following:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics
Module 2 – Foundations of Physics
Module 3 – Forcers and Motion
Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons
Module 5- Newtonian World and Astrophysics
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

A Level Physics is a challenging course. We recommend it for students who achieve A or B grades in GCSE Maths and Science.


If you are studying A Level course you will assessed at the end of the second year by three exam papers:

  1. Modelling Physics-2hours 15 min
  2. Exploring Physics-2hours 15 min
  3. Unified Physics-1hour 30 min

We will enter students to sit AS Physics examination at the end of the first year in order to decide if it is beneficial for you to continue in the second year. If you decide to go ahead with A-level qualification, you will need to sit all three exam papers, listed above.

Future opportunities

Beneficial for the following professions:

  • Science, engineering
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Economics and finance
  • Sport

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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