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Physics AS/A Level at Helsby High School

Course description

Studying Physics at A level allows students to develop their understanding of key Physics principles in a range of interesting contexts.  Students will have already come across some of the concepts of physics at GCSE: forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism.  At A-level they develop their understanding of how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies.

Course content

The lessons involve a lot of practical work, students use mathematical skills to solve problems and develop written and oral communication skills as they explain how the Universe works. A visit to Alton Towers, towards the end of year 12, gives our students the opportunity to investigate the science of motion, along curves as well as in straight lines, and to see how electromagnetic effects are used in accelerating and braking systems.

Entry requirements

  • Science and Additional Science grade B or Physics grade B
  • Maths grade B


Assessment is by exams at the end of the first year to achieve an AS grade, or alternatively at the end of the second year to achieve the full A level. Students’ practical sessions during the course are assessed towards receiving the practical endorsement awarded at the end of the A level course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helsby High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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