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Physics A Level 3 at Oakwood Park Grammar School

Course description

This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed with a focus on being relevant to real world experiences and to prepare students for future studies in science or engineering. 


Course content

·         Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics

·         Module 2 - Foundations of physics

·         Module 3 - Forces and motion

·         Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons

·         Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics

          Module 6 - Particles    and medical physics


Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6 in Physics and Mathematics and in other subjects to be studied at A level




Students are assessed by end of module tests, independent work, practical work and homework.


External Assessment

The course will be externally assessed by three papers at the end of year 13.


Paper 1 assesses Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 lasting 2 hours 15 minutes and accounts for 37% of the qualification.


Paper 2 assesses Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 lasting 2 hours 15 minutes and accounts for 37% of the qualification.


Paper 3 assesses all 6 modules and last 1 hour 30 minutes and accounts for 26% of the qualification.


Practical Endorsement: Pupils will complete a minimum of 12 required practicals (known as PAGs – Practical Activity Groups) to demonstrate key practical skills. These do not affect the grade achieved, but are needed to be completed so that the exam board will award a grade based on the examination results only.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Chemistry, Biology or Electronics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

The course enables students to go on to degree level studies at university, particularly Physics and Engineering and is highly valued by business and commerce. It also provides a stimulating experience for students who might not pursue the subject further. 

Further information

Ø  Opportunities to attend Physics in Action day at UCL and workshops run by the Rutherford Physics Partnership


Ø  Participation in the Oxford Physics Olympiad


Ø  Trips to: Maidstone Oncology Department, JET Fusion, the Diamond Light Source, CERN Geneva


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years