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Physics A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School

Course description

It is essential that students understand that learning requires the active, constructive involvement of the learner.

Course Aims:

Enable students to sustain and develop an enjoyment of, and interest in, physics and its applications 

Develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment

Develop essential knowledge and understanding in physics

Be a suitable preparation for university courses in physics, engineering and other related courses


Skills Students will develop the ability to: 

Demonstrate safe and skilful practical techniques

Make, record and communicate reliable measurements

Analyse, interpret and evaluate the methodology and results of experimental activities

Course content

Advanced Physics I

Advanced Physics II

General & Practical Principles of Physics


Entry requirements

For all applicants, both internal and external, the minimum requirement is: (a) At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required (please see the Sixth Form Information Booklet).


Advanced Physics I (9PH0/1) Assessment is a 1 hour 45 minute examination This unit involves the study of mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power), further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric circuits (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and non-ohmic materials, potential dividers, emf and internal resistance of cells, and negative temperature coefficient thermistors), electric and magnetic fields, and nuclear and particle physics

Advanced Physics II (9PH0/2) Assessment is a 1 hour 45 minute examination This unit involves the study of materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young’s’ modulus and elastic strain energy), waves and the particle nature of light (including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and standing waves), thermodynamics, nuclear radiation, gravitational fields and oscillations

General and Practical Principles of Physics (9PH0/3) Assessment is a 2 hour 30 minute examination The examination draws on all areas of the specification, including synoptic questions and an assessment of experimental methods.

Future opportunities

Physics, Aeronautical Engineering, Audiology, Computer Science, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics and Management, Mathematics and Physics, Medicine, Biomedical Science, Biochemical Engineering, Architecture, Maths, Maths and Philosophy, Actuarial Science, Finance, Economics, Geography, Law and English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henrietta Barnett School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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      The nearest Tube Station is Golders Green Station and is approximately a 15 minute walk. Golders Green Station is on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line.

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      The school is located in the Hampstead Garden Suburb and is a few minutes drive from the A1 or A406.