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Physics A Level at St Hilda's Church of England High School

Course description

Students will develop a range of skills including problem solving, planning, communication, data acquisition and analysis. The course aims to give students a wide overview of modern physics and its relevance to society. There is an emphasis on practical skills and ‘How Science Works’. Practical skills will be assessed in the written examinations. The full A-level also has an internally assessed Practical Endorsement which is reported separately.

Course content

AS Modules:
Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics
Module 2: Foundations of physics
Module 3: Forces and motion
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons

A-level Modules:
Modules 1 - 4: Content is the same as for AS
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

Grade C in Higher Papers in Core and Additional Science , Further Additional Science or Physics GCSE, Grade C Maths GCSE


During the AS course students will take 2 examinations, which are each 1 hour 30 minutes. Both examinations will assess content from all four modules.

The A-level course is for students who wish to study physics to a greater depth. At the end of the course, students take 3 examinations. Component 1 assesses modules 1, 2, 3 and 5; component 2 assesses modules 1, 2, 4 and 6; component 3 assesses all 6 modules.

Future opportunities

A qualification in A/AS physics allows students to pursue many career opportunities: Engineering, Medicine, Astrophysics, Nuclear Industry, Computer Science, Research Scientist, Teaching, Telecommunication, Medical Physics, Geophysics, Environmental Science, Technicians and many non-scientific areas e.g. Law, Accountancy, Architecture and Philosophy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Hilda's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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