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Physics at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

This course is delivered in collaboration with the Weald of Kent Grammar School and takes a content-led approach to learning Physics.

Topics covered range from the smallest of subatomic particles to the vast history of the Universe, alongside relevant applications in Engineering and Medical Physics. The academic rigour of the subject is supplemented with exciting super-curricular opportunities, including an opportunity to visit the CERN facilities in Geneva.

Employing a wide range of teaching and learning styles, activities introduce content, skills and experimental techniques. Physics students will undertake regular hands-on practical work, working on twelve key practical skills. A log book will be used to demonstrate competence in these skills in order to gain the Science Practical Endorsement.


Course content

There are 3 written papers and no coursework. All papers may include: multiplechoice; short open; open-response; calculations and extended writing questions. The module content is as follows:

• Development of Practical Skills

• Foundations of Physics

• Forces and Motion

• Electrons, Photons and Waves

• Newtonian World and Astrophysics

• Particles and Medical Physics

• Paper 1 Modelling Physics

• Paper 2 Exploring Physics

• Paper 3 Unified Physics

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 5 in both English and Maths together with an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Subject specific entrance criteria for A Level Physics is an APS of at least 5.5, together with a minimum of a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature and a Grade 6 in Maths.  Students are also required to have a Grade 6 in Physics.

This course is delivered in collaboration with the Weald of Kent Grammar School



Future opportunities

The UK economy desperately needs people with science qualifications, Physicists and Engineers. Other qualifications that use the skills taught at A Level are Maths, Medicine, and anything related to Finance. Research has shown that Physics graduates have the potential to earn more than graduates from many other subjects.

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Links with other courses

Maths, Chemistry and Biology, and PE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hillview School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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