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Physics AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

AS Level

Measurements and their errors
Particles and radiation
Mechanics and energy

A Level

Further mechanics and thermal physics
Nuclear physics

In addition, there will be a further option from the following: Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning points in physics or Electronics.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have obtained at least a grade A in GCSE Physics or GCSE Additional Science. Students should also have achieved at least a grade A in GCSE Mathematics.


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed. If you successfully demonstrate the practical skills expected by an A Level Science student you will receive a separate commendation. There are three examinations 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 examinations at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

The examination papers are a mixture of multiple choice and short and long answer questions.

Future opportunities

Studying A Level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: geophysicist/field seismologist, research scientist, product/process development scientist, healthcare scientist, medical physics, secondary school teacher, meteorologist and systems developer. 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 Presdales School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.