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Physics A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

A Level Physics is an exciting subject enabling students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study the history of the key developments influencing Physics.

AS Level

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and Radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electricity

A Level

  • The full A Level examines all of the above and:
  • Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Option module: Turning points in physics

Entry requirements

We want students who:  Are motivated, hardworking, inquisitive, independent and resilient with a love of Physics.


AS Level – There will be two ninety minute papers worth seventy marks each to assess the AS. There is no coursework but practical understanding will be assessed in the papers. Both papers assess the full AS content. Paper 1 has 70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic. Paper 2 is split into three sections. Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis. Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content. Section C: 30 multiple choice questions.

A Level – There will be three two hour papers of 85 marks for papers 1 and 2 and 80 for the paper 3. Paper 1 and paper 2 have 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content. Paper 3 has 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. There are 35 marks of short and long answer questions on the Turning Points in Physics topic.

Future opportunities

Studying A Level Physics can open up many diverse career opportunities for students and prepare them for some of the more challenging degree courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These can include the medicinal sciences, becoming a research scientist, all forms of engineering, financial careers such as accountants and stockbrokers, working in the oil and gas industry, architects, sports scientists and many aspects of the nuclear and energy industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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