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Physics AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

The course covers a wide range of topics as well as providing the opportunity to study one of the optional units. The new specification for AQA provides students with an excellent opportunity to hone their practical skills with a number of experiments and investigations forming an integral part of the course.

The majority of our students obtain the highest grades and A Level Physics continues to be recognised as a subject of high value and importance in a number of industries.

Course content



  • Measurement and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity



  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Periodic motion


  • Thermal physics
  • Further mechanics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics


  • Practical skills and data analysis

Option module from:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Entry requirements

B Grade in Physics

B Grade Maths


AS LEVEL - comprised of two exams

A LEVEL - three exams testing knowledge

Future opportunities

A large number of A Level students go on to study a Physics or an Engineering-based degree. However, Physics does compliment students who intend to study most Science-related degrees and is highly valued by admissions tutors and employers due to the high demand and the skills developed. The variety of options available to those who have studied for a degree in Physics is greatly appealing. The following are examples of areas that a graduate could embark into: Further study, Teacher or Lecturer, Geophysicist, Medical Physicist, Radiation Protection Worker, Research Scientist, Meteorologist, Environmental Scientist, Roles within the Armed Forces, Defence Industry, Manufacturing and Technology Industries, Finance and Business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years