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Physics A Level at De Montfort School

Course description

A Level Physics gives students the opportunity to study topics familiar from GCSE, such as mechanics, in more depth. It also gives the opportunity to look at fresh topics, such as particle physics, giving a new dimension to a student’s knowledge. This course also provides many opportunities for students to study the physical world through practical experiences. This will help to link theory to reality and enable students to develop excellent practical skills.

Year 12 Topics

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

Year 13 Topics

  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  2. Fields and their consequences
  3. Nuclear physics

There is the opportunity to study one of the following option modules

  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical physics
  3. Engineering physics 1
  4. Turning points in physics

Course content


    Entry requirements

    Grade A or higher in Core and Additional Science is essential, although the individual strengths and suitability of each student is also considered. Additionally, good ability in Mathematics and English will also be required

    Students of high academic ability who have a strong work ethic and commitment to their studies are suited to this course. The course also has a strong practical element with many principles taught through experiments and practical investigations

    This is a challenging course and to be successful students will need to make sure they complete a significant amount of private study. As a guideline students should expect to complete at least one hour private study for every lesson studied on the course. Private study for example will consist of problem solving, revision, experiment write ups and preparation for exams


    This is a two year course which is assessed by 3 written exams at the end of the second year.

    A Level Assessment:

    The 3 written exams are 2 hours each.

    • Paper 1 on topics 1-5 and 6.1 periodic motion (34% of A Level)
    • Paper 2 on topics 6.2 thermal physics 7 and 8 (34% of A Level)
    • Paper 3 practical skills and data analysis and either topic 9,10,11,12 (32% of A Level)

    Future opportunities

    This course allows students to develop the skills universities want to see. As a ‘facilitating’ subject it is a stepping stone to future study which will inspire students, nurture a passion for Physics and lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort School directly.

    Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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