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Physics AS/A Level at Chipping Norton School

Course description

The course aims to give an understanding of Physics concepts and principles, using as far as possible an experimental approach, and relating work to technological applications. Students build on concepts studied at GCSE such as: mechanics, waves, radioactivity, particle physics, astrophysics, electricity and magnetism. At A-level students start to see how these topics link together and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from sub-atomic particles to the largest galaxies.

Physics is behind the technology that put man on the Moon, made the internet possible and revolutionised surgery, and also the technology that will shape tomorrow’s world: quantum computers, nuclear fusion or perhaps the means to colonise the solar system. The Sixth Form programme develops the pupils’ practical, analytical and mathematical skills so that they can progress into any technical discipline.

Course content

Summary of Course Structure:

Themed units of work divided into topics which are taught over two years for the A-level examined at the end of Year 13.  Half of the units taught during the first year in preparation for an AS entry at the end of Year 12 or continuation to the end of Year 13.

Course Content at AS:

Mechanics, materials, DC electricity, nature of light, waves.

Course Content at A2:

Electric and magnetic fields, further mechanics, astronomy and cosmology, oscillations, nuclear decay, particle physics, thermal energy


Entry requirements

At least a B in GCSE Science and Additional science OR a B in GCSE Physics AND at least a C in GCSE Maths It is an obvious advantage if you follow an A level Mathematics course, although this is not essential.


Practical investigation and application of Physics taught throughout Year 12 and Year 13

AS - 100% examination at the end of YR12 with a practical skills verification

A2 – 100% examination (including all AS content) at the end of YR13 with practical skills verification

Future opportunities

Employers and Universities hold Physics A Level in high regard. Many students go on to study physics, astrophysics or engineering at University. This can lead to careers in areas as diverse as: research science, radiation protection, meteorology, banking, aerospace, oil and gas, space exploration, telecommunications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Norton School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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