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Physics (Pre-U) at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Course description

Students wishing to take Physics Pre-U must also study Mathematics at A Level. Further Mathematics at A Level would be beneficial.

The Cambridge Pre-U group of courses is recognised by universities as rigorous in content and also excellent in terms of the scope for independent learning. Full details can be found at

The Physics Pre-U offers a Physics course fully integrated with mathematical reasoning, with the goal of deep understanding and individualised learning. Not only does it give a much more thorough and mathematical grounding in the foundations of the subject, it also gives the student the opportunity to conduct an independent practical investigation and present the results. In the second year, students have flexibility in choosing areas of study for their mathematical or philosophical/historical interest. The course is taught in a university style, with lectures, tutorials and practical tasks.

Course content

This course lasts two years and is non-modular. Its syllabus is split into two parts – Part A (studied in Year 12) and Part B (studied mainly in Year 13). Part B comprises some material which is compulsory (the core), but also gives room for flexibility in terms of optional material. The assessment includes:
- an investigation conducted in class, and written up in study time outside of class (15%)
- Part A multiple choice exam (75min, 20%)
- Part A written exam (2hr, 30%) made of structured questions
- Part B written exam (3hr, 35%) including compulsory questions on the Part B core, and a choice of three questions (from six available) on the optional material

All examinations are taken in the Summer of Year 13. The grading system is different to that of A-level. The top grades at Pre-U are higher than an A* at A Level

If the number of students does not allow for a viable set, a student’s request to study Pre-U Physics will be interpreted as a request to study A-level Physics.

Entry requirements

Grade A* in Physics
Grade A* in Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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