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Physics A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description


A Level

EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics

The Physics course allows for study by concept-led and context-led approaches and we will be using a combination of both approaches in order to give students a good general foundation in the principles that form the basis of our understanding of the universe.

Skills that will be developed:




Improving own learning and performance

Problem solving

Working with others

Practical skills

Skills related to ‘How Science works’

What will you learn?

Unit 1:

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Unit 2:

  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations

There will be examinations on each of these units, as well as an overarching examination that brings all the topics covered together. Students will also be assessed separately for a ‘Science Practical Endorsement’. The Endorsement will not contribute to the overall grade for this qualification, but the result will be recorded on the student’s certificate.

Entry Requirements:
You must achieve a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Physics, or grade 6 or higher in both Science and Additional Science. You should also have achieved at least a grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE.

What happens when you have finished?

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Chemistry, Biology and in particular Mathematics. Opting to study Physics at A level will enable you to study a wide variety of subjects in Higher Education. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.  You can use your qualification to do degrees in the Physical Sciences or Engineering, but also any course with a mathematical content such as Accountancy or Economics.

Entry requirements

 You must achieve a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Physics, or grade 6 or higher in both Science and Additional Science. You should also have achieved at least a grade B in Mathematics GCSE.

Financial information

There will be a charge for trips and visits etc. The text books cost around £25 for each year of the course.

Future opportunities

Over half of all physicists work in Research and Development, Engineering, and Information Technology. Some physicists work on problems at the frontiers of knowledge; others tackle the challenging problems which arise in the application of physics to industrial and engineering problems. A physics degree can help you get a job in finance, telecommunications or the electrical industry. Physicists also work in medicine, astronomy, meteorology and teaching.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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