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Physics at The Arnewood School

Course description

Physics is one of the most challenging subjects that you can study at A level.

To succeed you need to have a highly inquisitive mind, strong mathematical skills, a powerful imagination and a logical approach to problem solving. In return, you will gain training in a discipline at the forefront of modern technology and you’ll leave with a qualification in one of the subjects most sought after by employers and by universities.

You will learn theory and develop practical skills throughout the course. Your work in class will be supported by practice questions completed at home and revision classes as examinations approach.

Course content

The core content includes

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and Materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and Thermal Physics
  7. Fields and their Consequences
  8. Turning Points in Physics

Entry requirements

  • Students are expected to have gained at least a grade B in GCSE Physics or in  Additional Science.
  • You will normally need a grade B in Mathematics, due to the relatively high mathematical content.


  • Paper 1 written exam 2 hours 34%
  • Paper 2 written exam 2 hours 34%
  • Paper 3 written exam 1 1/2 hours including questions on practical skills and data analysis 32%

In addition, students may sit a stand-alone AS level at the end of Year 12, by sitting

  • Paper 1 written exam 1 ½ hours 50%
  • Paper 2 written exam 1 ½ hours 50%

Financial information

At the start of both the AS and A2 parts of the course students will be provided with the course textbook. In addition to this, students are encouraged to purchase a revision guide such as the CGP one written specifically for the Physics A course.

Future opportunities

Physicists are highly sought after in a wide variety of careers. They receive, on average, higher salaries than graduates from other disciplines. Just some of the career paths open to you will be Astronomy, Engineering, Meteorology, Finance, Artificial Intelligence, Medical Science and of course research at postgraduate and post doctorate levels.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Arnewood School directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

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