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Physics A level at Wood Green School

Course description

he AS and A level courses take the study of Physics into new areas such as quantum phenomena, astronomy and particle physics. As always, the goal is to describe and explain the fundamental interactions around us in terms of energy and forces. Topics studied include electrical circuits, applications of the waves theory, mechanics and motion, the fundamental forces, electromagnetism, medical physics and simple harmonic motion. All these topics are illustrated with a range of experiments, theory and practical applications to bring this fascinating subject to life.

Entry requirements

Two B grades in GCSE Additional Science or two B grades in GCSE Triple Science, one of which must be in Physics. Since Mathematics is used more extensively at AS and A level than at GCSE Physics, a B Grade in GCSE Mathematics is also required.



Paper 1: Breadth in Physics (50%)

Paper 2: Depth in Physics (50%) Written examinations, 1½ hours for each.

A level

Paper 1: Modelling Physics (37%)

Paper 2: Exploring Physics (37%)

Paper 3: Unified Physics (26%) Written examinations, 2¼ hours for papers 1 & 2, 1½ hours for paper 3.

Future opportunities

Physics combines well with Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Music Technology and Product Design. Higher education and careers for which Physics is needed or recommended include all engineering courses, Physics including medical physics, medicine, astronomy and space science, robotics, computer games programming, meteorology and geophysics. Physics is also a powerful qualification for non-scientific careers such as architecture, banking, law, accountancy, economics and management consultancy

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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    • Our Sixth Form is a thriving, vibrant and active community of some 200 students, which continues to attract applicants from many other schools. There is a friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in which students feel at home.  We offer an extensive choice of over 30 subjects at AS and A2, including new vocational courses from September 2014.


      We are part of a consortium, our partner school being The Henry Box School in Witney.


      We have a taxi service, ferrying students between the two venues, at no cost to students.


      NB, there are two subjects that are jointly taught, ie students take lessons at both venues,  Maths and Further Maths;  you will see this on our options grid.