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Physics A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

The course covers the following topics: electricity, mechanics, particles, light, quantum theory, wave properties, radioactivity, gravitational and electrical fields. The course will involve students doing practical work and there are practical assessments during the year.

There is an optional unit in the A2 course. This may be on astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics or turning points in physics. The course is taught through practical sessions, discussions, demonstrations, group work, presentations, calculations and background reading.

Course content

See descripition box.

Entry requirements

2 B’s in Sciences + B in Maths.



Unit 1 40% exam - Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity

Unit 2 40% exam - Mechanics, materials and waves

Unit 3 20% ISA - Investigative and practical skills


Unit 4 20% exam - Fields of further mechanics

Unit 5 20% exam – Nuclear and thermal physics plus option

Unit 6 10% ISA – Investigative and practical skills

Future opportunities

Physics is a fantastic choice at A-level as it is a challenging subject, meaning universities look favourably on candidates with this qualification. Direct paths into computer science, astrophysics, astronomy, natural science, geophysics, medicine, engineering and other related fields are obvious. The practical, mathematical and analytical skills used are also relevant to a wide range of other fields where you can make use of these skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years