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Physics A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

Physics helps us to understand the world around us, the world inside us and the world beyond us.

Course content

Throughout the course you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics, gain hands-on practical and data analysis skills and will appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory.

Topics that you study include: 
  • Measurements and their errors 
  • Particles and radiation 
  • Waves 
  • Mechanics and materials 
  • Electricity 
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics (A-level only) 
  • Fields and their consequences (A-level only) 
  • Nuclear physics (A-level only)
In the second year of the A Level, the optional topic offered is:
  • Astrophysics
You will learn through:
  • AS textbooks 
  • Physics websites 
  • CD koms 
  • Physics study days  
  • Industry visits 
  • Visiting physics lecturers 
  • Independent learning 

Entry requirements

To study A Level Physics you will need 5 or more A*-C grade GCSEs, or equivalent, including at least a grade C in English Language GCSE, a grade B in Mathematics GCSE and a grade B in Physics GCSE, additional science, or equlvalent, at the higher tier.
Students studying A Level Physics should also study A Level Mathematics. 


The AS is assessed by two written examinations, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The A Level is assessed by three written papers, each lasting 2 hours. 

Future opportunities

Physics A Level leads to a wide range of careers, for example in

  • journalism,
  • law,
  • banking,
  • finance,
  • medicine,
  • engineering,
  • computer science 
  • astronomy.

It forms the basis of many sciences and can lead to Higher Education courses in

  • architecture,
  • bio-physics,
  • chemistry,
  • geology,
  • medicine,
  • optics
  • and others.

It is also valued in Business, economics and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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