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Physics AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

Physics A Level incorporates a wide range of topics so no matter what your favourite aspect of Physics, we probably study it! We cover everything from the world of particle physics up to good communication and team building skills, as well as becoming adept at using unfamiliar apparatus.  Later you will become better prepared for studying Science at university, as we cover topics in greater depth with more advanced maths.  You will begin to think more profoundly and articulate your ideas in a more scientific manner to prepare you for a possible science or engineering degree at university. There is no coursework to worry about but instead there is a practical exam at the end of each year, as well as written theory papers. 

Course content

First Year

  • Mechanics
  • Quantum physics
  • Particle physics

Second Year

  • Waves
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astro-physics

Entry requirements

A good Physics student will have a love of explaining how scientific phenomena work.  They will have strong maths skills and be able to manipulate formulae with ease.  They will be good at practical work and will be able to work precisely and carefully with an eye for detail and an ability to interpret graphs and write accurate conclusions.  They’ll be able to learn many definitions and formulae and apply them to new situations.

Future opportunities

Studying physics has allowed students to go on to very many potential careers.  A high proportion of our students go on to study engineering which can involve designing aeroplanes, cars, ships or the next generation mobile phone.  A number of our students have gone on to study at oxford university and other Russell group universities and then onto highly paid careers where the maths skills they have acquired on this course mean they are employable in very many different and diverse careers, not just ones related Physics.  All our students leave with good analytical skills which are highly sought by many employers.

Further information

Students will have to chance to go on a residential visit to CERN, Switzerland, to take part in an Extended Project Qualification and will also have the chance to attend lectures at Manchester University, related to various aspects of the course.  You will have weekly workshops during which you will receive expert help on any topic that is causing you problems.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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