Physics A Level at Ursuline High School
Physics is an excellent subject that leads to many further education pathways including Medical Physics, Radiography, Architecture, Actuary, Optician, Engineering and even Stock Broking. The AQA Physics specification incorporates many aspects of Physics from our everyday lives into its course. This engaging and inspiring GCE Physics specification houses both classical and modern day physics concepts under the one course of study. The students look at ideas that defined Physics through the ages, from Newtonian ideas of projectile motion to modern day advances such as particle physics, the development of medical physics and the production of the atomic bomb.
- The first year of the syllabus is broken up into 5 topics: Measurement and their errors, Particles and radiation, Mechanics and materials, Waves and Electricity. In the second year, students continue their studies with three further compulsory topics: Further mechanics and thermal physics, Fields and their consequences and Nuclear physics.
- In addition to this the students must choose at least one of the special topics below: Astrophysics, Medical physics, Turning points in physics, Engineering physics (re-branded Applied physics) and Electronics.
There are three 2 hour papers: Paper 1 (34% of A Level), Paper 2 (34% of A Level) and Paper 3 (32% of A Level). In addition to theoretical work, students will be expected to develop 12 key practical skill sets through topic based practicals.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ursuline High School directly.