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Physics - A Level at Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form

Course description

Students will follow a linear 2-year course in physics, with external exams at the end of Year 13.

The Kings Norton Girls’ School physics department follows the AQA (specification A) course at A Level. We provide a wide and varied range of stimulating activities and challenges whereby cutting edge developments are studied alongside classical physics concepts.

Students make predictions, test them through observations and measurements and learn about the theories and laws which form the foundation blocks of the subject.

Course content


1. Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and Radiation

3. Waves and Optics

4. Mechanics and Energy

5. Electricity


6. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics

7. Fields (Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic)

8. Nuclear Physics

9. Astrophysics


Extra Curricular

  • Students can attend a selection of evening lectures at the University of Birmingham.

  • In previous years, physics students have visited CERN, the European nuclear research facility in Geneva, Switzerland. We are hoping to establish this trip as a regular feature of the course.



Entry requirements

GCSE Separate Science: Physics7 (or a grade 7 in Double Award Science).


At least 40% of the marks in assessments will require the use of mathematical skills. Consequently, it would be beneficial for prospective students to be studying A Level Maths, or at the very least have a grade 6 at GCSE Maths.


Exam board: OCR


Paper 1 (34% of A-level)

2 hours, Content: sections 1 – 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Paper 2 (34% of A-level)

2 hours, Sections 6.2 (Thermal physics), 7 and 8, Assumed knowledge from sections 1 – 6.1

Paper 3 (32% of A-level)

2 hours, Practical skills and data analysis Section 9

There is a separate practical endorsement, taken alongside the A Level. This is assessed by teachers and is based on observation of students’ competency in a range of skills.

Future opportunities


The specification caters for students who would like to go on to further their understanding at university, and we practise the skills that anyone in further education would need. Physics at A Level is also suitable for any student wishing to go straight into work or further training.


Physics is the only subject in which students understand nature from the smallest possible scale - quarks and neutrinos - to the largest conceivable distance, stretching across the entire Universe. It's an amazingly fluid subject which permeates every facet of our existence. Far from being a dry set of concepts in which laws and ideas are set in stone, new discoveries are made every day as our technological abilities continue to develop.

Further information

Come to one of our Sixth Form Open Events to experience our vibrant and thriving community first hand:

Open Evening - Monday 18th September, 2017 from 5pm - 8pm

Open Morning - Tuesday 19th September, 2017 from 9am - 11am

Meet the Sixth Form and Careers Fair - Wednesday 15th November, 2017 from 3.30pm - 5.30pm

A copy of our application form and prospectus can be downloaded from or by contacting Zoe Nelmes, Sixth Form Administrator –


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 04 August 2017
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