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Physics A Level at Seven Kings School

Course description

Who should study Physics?

Anyone with an interest in how the universe works, students should have a good mathematical ability (A grade at GCSE), an interest in science (B grade at GCSE), as well as good dexterity due to the practical nature of the course.

Course content

We offer the AQA course. AS Physics lasts one year, with exams at the end, while A-level Physics lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year.

The table below shows the topics covered in each year.

AS and first year of A-level

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves 
  • Mechanics and energy
  • Electricity

Second year of A-level

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields 
  • Nuclear physics 

Students will vote to choose one of the optional units below

  • Astrophysics 
  • Turning points in physics

Practicals

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • investigating interference and diffraction of laser light
  • measuring acceleration due to gravity
  • investigating systems that oscillate
  • investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure
  • safe use of ionising radiation
  • investigating magnetic fields

These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree

Entry requirements

In order to study 4 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-As in your GCSEs (A 7 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level and 1 subject at AS Level you must have at least 6 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

You must have as a minimum of a 5 or above in English Language and Maths

In order to study a subject at A Level you must have at least a grade B (or a 5) in the subject at GCSE:

To study Accounts you must have a at least a 5 in maths

To study Economics you must have a 5 or above in GCSE English Language

To study Maths you need a 7 in GCSE Maths.  Further Maths will be available to those students who have achieved an 8 at GCSE; if you take Further Maths you will also study an AS level in Maths in another option block, so this means 2 Maths AS levels

To study AS Music you need a Grade 5 in an instrument

To study PE you must have at least a B grade in Core Science

To study Psychology you must have at least 5 in English Language and a B Core Science

To study computer science you must have studied it t GCSE and obtained a B grade

To study 1 Science you must have at least a B grade in the subject chosen and additional science students need at least a B grade on average across the exam elements of their course

To study 2 or more Sciences you must have As in those subjects and combined science students will need As in those subjects chosen

To study Physics you also need a 6 or above in Maths

In order to study a subject you have not previously studied at GCSE you must have at least a 5 in English Language or at least a GCSE grade B in a humanity subject

Assessment

There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed. There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Physics are based on what you learned in your practicals. The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Future opportunities

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Possible degree options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Physics are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics
  • Business

Possible career options

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

  • Geophysicist/field seismologist
  • Healthcare scientist, medical physics
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Structural engineer
  • Acoustic engineer
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Systems developer
  • Technical author

You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Seven Kings School directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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