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Physics A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

Physics is a beautiful, challenging and stimulating subject. It has played a major role in improving living standards and is one of the most successful industries in the UK. The subject can be described as the study of matter and energy.

Resources and Facilities

  • Two teachers of A-level Physics and an excellent team of technicians
  • A well equipped department for carrying out post-16 experiments

Course content

Lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities including experimental work, formal presentation of new ideas and concepts, discussion and student presentations.

The course is designed to ensure:

  • that learning is enjoyable, and enhances a student's enthusiasm for physics and science
  • relevance to contemporary issues by building on previously studied concepts


  1. Development of practical skills in physics
  2. Foundations in physics
  3. Forces and motion
  4. Electrons, waves and photons
  5. Newtonian world and astrophysics
  6. Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

Core and Additional Science (B), or Physics (B), plus English Language or English Literature (6) and Mathematics (6).  Students may be considered with English Language or English Literature (5).

Must be taken in combination with A‐level Mathematics

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


  • Paper 1 – 100 marks, testing modules 1, 2, 3 and 5, 2 hours 15 mins, 37%
  • Paper 2 – 100 marks, testing modules 1, 2, 4 and 6, 2 hours 15 mins, 37%
  • Paper 3  – 70 marks testing all 6 modules, 1 hour 30 mins, 26%

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

A physics qualification at A-level provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related degree course or profession.

In most cases, physics is an essential subject for engineering, medicine, science and some biological sciences (e.g. Biomechanics). The individual without knowledge of the subject is at a disadvantage. It is also accepted for non-science careers such as banking and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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