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Physics A-Level at The Queen's School

Course description

Physics is often considered the most fundamental of all the natural sciences and its theories attempt to describe the behaviour of the smallest building blocks of matter, light, the Universe and everything in between.

The course is challenging, but good grades are consistently achieved by able and hard working pupils.

It is excellent preparation for the rigours of a university education. A physics student usually possesses superior analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills. In addition, adept practical skills are developed as the course progresses.

We study in small teaching groups and there is considerable emphasis placed on understanding the concepts involved and gaining knowledge from practical experience.

Two members of staff are allocated to each group and 9 hour-long lessons are provided every fortnight. In addition, comprehensive support is offered in lunchtime sessions for pupils that need extra help.

Course content

The AQA AS syllabus covers particles, quantum phenomena and electricity, mechanics, materials and waves, investigative and practical skills.

The A2 syllabus covers fields and further mechanics, nuclear and thermal physics, investigative and practical skills and an optional topic.

Entry requirements

At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress

You will need a minimum of an A grade in physics and maths at GCSE level to be accepted.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is essential for any physics related degree and also for engineering or natural sciences.

Universities recognise the variety of skills possessed by physics students and it's a qualification welcomed for degrees like business studies and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 July 2015

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