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Physics A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

The course covers both traditional and modern Physics concepts via nine chapters of work in each year. Opportunities exist for practical laboratory work, extended research and presentations.

Course content

Module 1
Development of practical skills in physics – Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2
Foundations of physics – Physical quantities and units; scalars and vectors; measurements.

Module 3
Forces and motion – Motion; forces in action; work, energy and power; materials; Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.

Module 4
Electrons, waves and photons – Charge and current; energy, power and resistance; electrical circuits; waves; quantum physics.

Module 5
Newtonian world and astrophysics – Thermal physics; circular motion; oscillations; gravitational fields; astrophysics.

Module 6
Particles and medical physics – Capacitors; electric fields; electromagnetism; nuclear and particle physics; medical imaging

Entry requirements

Students must gain either at least two B grades in GCSE Double Science or a minimum of grade B Triple Science Physics and one other Triple Science subject. Additionally, a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required.


Three examinations covering two years content and practical understanding.
- Paper 1: Modelling Physics - 37% of total A-level, 2 hours 15 minutes
- Paper 2: Exploring Physics - 37% of total A-level, 2 hours 15 minutes
- Paper 3: Unified Physics - 26% of total A-level, 1 hour 30 minutes
- Practical Endorsement (reported separately)

Future opportunities

Physics is an extremely well regarded A level in both academic and employment spheres. Many of our students go on to study Physics, a Physics related discipline, or Natural Sciences at university. Physics is a prerequisite for most engineering courses.

Further information

Physics combines particularly well with Mathematics and other Science courses; it is also a complementary subject to a wider range of disciplines such as Geography, Design and Technology, Product Design, Music etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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