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Physics A-Level at Coopers School

Course description

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to understand HOW the world works, the study of physics will provide many of the answers. This course will develop your essential scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as establish sound links between theory and experiment. Physics is a challenging and interesting subject and an important qualification for many careers. You will study a wide range of modern and classical physics applied in fundamental and everyday situations.


Course content

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Particles and Radiation, Electromagnetic radiation and Quantum phenomena
  • Unit 2: Current electricity, Mechanics, Materials and Waves
  • Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics

Year 2

  • Unit 4: Further mechanics, Gravitation and electric fields, Capacitance, Magnetic fields
  • Unit 5: Radioactivity and Nuclear energy, Thermal Physics and Astrophysics
  • Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language B or better
GCSE Maths A or better
GCSE Physics B or better / GCSE Core and Additional Science BB


Units 1, 2, 4 are 5 are tested through public examinations comprising a combination of multiple-choice, short structured questions and longer-response questions. Units 3 and 6 are practical-based topics involving detailed case studies of real-world applications that can be modelled in the laboratory. These are supervised and assessed internally, subject to external moderation.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is a widely recognised and highly respected qualification which can lead to degree courses in Physics, Medicine, Astrophysics, Engineering, Computing, Mathematics, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Veterinary Science, Geophysics and many more.

In addition, almost every organisation today relies on people with STEM qualifications –58% of all new jobs will be STEM related. There will be significant growth in new jobs but also massive replacement demand. Economically valuable skills will matter most - intermediate and higher STEM skills such as Physics. The number of those studying for degrees in science must increase by over 40% on current levels if demand is to be met.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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