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Physics AS & A Level at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Physica is a key part of science and technology and deals with why things behave as they do. It is concerned with things that vary in size from atoms to galaxies and tries to answer the questions - 'How does it work?' and 'Why does it work?'. At its most fundamental, Physics concerns itself with the laws and phenomena that govern nature itself. 

Studying A Level Physics improves your:

  • Mathematical ability, as physicists have to describe events in mathematical terms
  • Practical ability, as you will have to design and use apparatus
  • Powers of observation, as you will be expected to look at events objectively and record your observations accurately
  • Analytical skills, as you will be constantly making inferences and conclusions from data. 
  • Abstract thinking, you will learn to think outside the box which is counter intuitive to many.

Course content

Physics A Levels cover these general topics, most of which will be in the new specifications:

  • Motion, Forces in Action, Work and Energy
  • Electric Current, Resistance, DC Circuits, Waves, Quantum Physics
  • Newton's Laws and Momentum, Circular Motion and Oscillations, Thermal Physics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields, Capacitors and Exponential Decay, Nuclear Physics, Medical Imaging, Modelling the Universe

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Grade B (or at least BB from Core and Additional Science) and Grade 5/6 in Mathematics

Route 2 - Grade B (or at least BB from Core and Additional Science) and Grade 5/6 in Mathematics

Route 3 - Not available

It is highly recommended that pupils achieve an average points score of a Grade B or above for all their GSCEs in order to be successful at AS/A Level Physics


Students will complete the AS examination in the summer of Year 12. Pupils will then complete the A Level examinations at the end of Year 13. 

There will be a practical skill element which will be reported as having been achieved alongside the actual final grade for the subject. 

Future opportunities

You may be interested in this subject if you are considering further study in Physics or Natural Science and also any related physics course such as Astrophysics, Medicine, different types of Engineering, Radiography and Dentistry.

Physics is a demanding subject and is therefore highly regarded. It opens the door to a wide range of careers as Physics develops many transferable skills that are valued by employers beyong scientific vocations. 

The study of Physics combined well with Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry at A Level, as well as Technology, ICT and Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 10 January 2017
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