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Physics A Level at Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

Course description

Discoveries in Physics have been at the heart of most advances in technology. It is an exciting and challenging subject to study, requiring an enquiring mind and clear thinking. The range of ideas in Physics could not be greater - from observing the furthest reaches of the universe to experiments on the inner secrets of the nucleus. The rewards of Physics include a deeper understanding of the universe and the development of skills that are highly sought after by both universities and employers.

Course content

AS -

  • New ideas in physics, such as Particle Physics - fundamental properties and the nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena;
  • The application of in-depth knowledge of well-established topics as electricity;
  • The principles and applications of mechanics - vectors, forces and energy
  • Materials - their bulk properties and tensile strength
  • Waves - their characteristics, properties and applications of waves, including refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference
A2 - 
AS content as above along with the following topics:
  • Motion - circular and oscillatory, further vectors
  • Fields - electric and magnetic 
  • Nuclear and Thermal Physics - characteristics of the nucleus, unstable nuclei and energy
  • An optional topic - to gain deeper understanding and awareness of a selected branch of physics - possibly Astronomy and cosmology, Electronics, Medical Physics or Engineering Physics.


Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier) and at least 2 GCSE Science grades B. These can be either GCSE Core and Additional Science or GCSE Physics plus one other from GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Biology. It is also recommended that one of your other AS subjects be Mathematics, particularly if you are planning to continue on to the A2 course. You should be aware though that nearly all Engineering, Physics and related degree courses require you to have A-level Mathematics.


In the AS and A-level courses you will be assessed 100% through examination. The A-level course will also have a practical endorsement taken along-side the written examinations, which does not contribute to the final A-level grade.

Future opportunities

The skills gained through studying Physics are in high demand in the world. It is a well-respected academic and scientific subject. Degree courses that may be open to students of Physics include Engineering, Medicine, Mathematics and Computing, as well as Physics, Astrophysics and Electronics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2016
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