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Physics AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

view If you choose to study Physics you will learn

something about the workings of nature – from the

smallest sub-atomic particles to the processes at

work in the largest stars and galaxies. Your

imagination will be challenged and you will develop

your ability to express ideas in writing and also your

ability to handle the ‘language’ of mathematics.


The Physics A level course has been designed to

provide a natural transition from the material

covered at GCSE and to encourage and excite

interest and enthusiasm for the subject.

Course content


Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity.

The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and

photons; hadrons and leptons; quarks;

photelectricity; wave-particle duality;

electrical circuits.

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves.

Mechanics, including motion along a straight line;

projectiles; Newton’s Laws of Motion; properties

of materials; waves - including diffraction and


Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills.


Unit 4: Fields and Further Physics.

Momentum; uniform circular motion; simple

harmonic motion; gravitational and electrical fields;

capacitors; electromagnetic induction.

Unit 5: Nuclear and Thermal Physics plus Astrophysics.

Probing the nucleus; nuclear instability; kinetic

theory; optical and radio telescopes; Doppler Effect;

Hubble’s Law; Quasars.

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills.


Entry requirements

An A grade in Additional Science or Physics plus a

grade B in Mathematics are essential for entry onto

this course. GCSE Science alone is not a suitable basis

for this A level.


You will work independently to produce a written

report on each practical assignment. Practical work

on a regular basis is intended to encourage you to

display initiative in researching your experiments

prior to the laboratory sessions, as well as to develop

the skills of making careful observations and

measurements, processing data, analysing results

and evaluation – all of which are assessed in

Units 3 and 6.

Future opportunities

Physics as an A level course is a well respected

qualification and a pass at this level will certainly be

highly regarded by university admissions tutors (in any

discipline) and also by prospective employers.


Physics at A level is a sound basis for careers in a

wide range of fields such as physics research,

engineering, the teaching profession, ICT, astronomy,

medical physics and even areas such as molecular

biology, finance, banking and government.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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    • By Rail 

      Rail users may travel to Castle Cary (12 miles), Bath (30 miles), Bristol (29 miles) or Yeovil Junction (19 miles).

      By Road

      From the M5 leave the motorway at junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards. From the M3 leave the motorway at junction 8 and join the A303 westwards and then the B3151 for Millfield

      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.