Physics A level at Swale Sixth Form
Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
Students will gain an understanding of how the physical world can be interpreted and described using the very fundamental concepts of science. This will cover topics that range from the forces between the smallest sub-atomic particles to the nature of the Universe.
Students will gain a range of practical skills, which will include using sensitive electronic equipment to carrying out practical measurements on different physical situations to an incredible degree of precision. Mathematical skills also play a big part in this subject.
Potential Topics that will be studied
Practical skills in physics
Foundations of physics
Forces and motion
Electrons, waves and photons
Newtonian world and astrophysics
Sub-atomic particles and medical physics
Students need to achieve 5 9 - 5 GCSE grades or equivalent, including English.
Students are also required to gain grade 9 & 8 in GCSE science (Core and Additional) and grade 6 in mathematics.
This is a 2-year course which is assessed by 3 examinations at the end of year 13.
Practical skills are assessed throughout the A-Level
Progression and career opportunities
A level physics makes use of many different skills. This can lead to a number of different careers, with obvious links to technology, engineering and scientific research. Physics is the type of qualification that can open doors to many other surprising and interesting career paths. This could be in science roles such as working for organisations such as CERN as a particle physicist, for ESA on development of space technology, working in the medical sector as a radiologist or within oncology.
A level physics complements the other sciences and can help you on your way to careers in marine biology or chemical engineeering. Also the demanding nature of the course means it could lead you to a career in finance or business as it is a highly regarded qualification.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swale Sixth Form directly.