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Physics A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

We’d be a bit lost without physics. All the gadgets that we take for granted like laptops and mobile phones wouldn’t be here. Nor would the electricity supply that charges them and powers so many other things we use every day. Did you know that a physicist invented the World Wide Web? It’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet, but when you were born almost no one had heard of it. Physics also deals with the big questions: How do we search for aliens? Are there parallel universes? Will we ever travel back in time? Towards the end of A Level Physics you will start to understand the links between different areas, and their relevance, and it really could change your outlook on the world.

Course content

Unit 1: Measurements and their errors, Particles and their radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity, Periodic Motion. 

Unit 2: Thermal Physics, Fields and their consequences, Nuclear Physics.

Unit 3: Practical skills and data analysis & One extra voluntary unit.

Students undertake at least 12 practical experiments across the two year A Level. Students will be asked to apply the knowledge and understanding they learn from these experiments in their written exams. Students will be assessed during their practical work by their teacher who will mark them either as a pass or fail. This will be recorded on their certificate alongside their grade.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade BB in Double Science or B in Single Physics, Grade B in Maths, Grade C in English Language.


Unit 1: 2 hour written exam 35% of A Level.

Unit 2: 2 hour written exam 35% of A Level.

Unit 3: 2 hour written exam 30% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Whatever you do the knowledge and skills you gain by studying physics will be useful. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries. Some major careers links are: Astrophysics; Weather Forecasting; Renewable Energy; Surgery; Medical Scanning; Clinical Scientist; TV Producer; Sound Engineer; Mechanical Engineer; Solicitor; Researcher at CERN! Check out www. for more information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years