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Physics A Level at The de Ferrers Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

  • If you have an interest in and enjoy physical sciences
  • if you want to find out how things in the physical world work
  • if you enjoy applying your mind to solving problems
  • if you are studying other science subjects and/or mathematics and you want to take another course that will supplement and support your studies

Course content

You will study all of the following:

  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric & Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear & Particle Physics
  • Materials
  • Wave & Particle Nature of Light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations

Entry requirements

4 A* - C Plus Grade 5 in English and a Grade 6 in Maths Grade B on P2 paper with a B overall in either Physics of Additional Science


At the end of their 2 year course A level students will sit 3 exams.

Papers 1 and 2 are both worth 30% of the final grade and last 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 3 covers content from any area of the A-level course and includes assessment of the understanding of practical principles. This paper is worth 40% of the final grade and lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes.

In addition, students will be separately judged on their practical skills by internal assessment over a series of 16 practical activities. This will be reported separately on their certificates as “pass” or “fail”.

Future opportunities

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Armed Forces & Defence industry
  • Astronomy
  • Car Design
  • Education & Teaching
  • Law & Finance
  • Medicine (especially Medical Physics)
  • Meteorology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear, Oil & Gas Industries
  • Renewable Energy Industry
  • Space Exploration Industries
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport & Infrastructure

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The de Ferrers Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 March 2017
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