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Physics A Level at Rainhill High School

Course description

If you are a student interested in the natural world and want to deepen your understanding of the rules that the physical world follows, you will enjoy this course. Studying Physics provides a desirable background for many degree courses including engineering and is also an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers relating to science. We highly recommend that you select
A-Level Mathematics to complement your understanding of certain aspects of the course.

The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities and discussions, completing numerical tasks, practical experimental work and research ideas. At times you will be expected to work in a group and at other times individually. Whilst studying this subject you are automatically enrolled onto our Science Academy enrichment programme in order to generate a real experience of science, as well as studying in your curriculum time. Under this umbrella, there will be opportunities to attend study days, lectures and master classes.

Course content

Year 12

• Measurements and their Errors
• Particles and Radiation
• Waves
• Mechanics and Materials
• Electricity

  Year 13

• Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
• Fields and their Consequences
• Nuclear Physics

• Astrophysics
• Medical Physics
• Engineering Physics
• Turning Points in Physics
• Electronics

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B or above in GCSE Science.


Year 12
Paper 1 : Any content from topics 1– 5, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minute, 70 marks, 50% of AS.
Paper 2: Any content from topics 1-5, 1– 4, including relevant practical.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 70 marks, 50% of AS.

Year 13
Paper 1: Sections 1 to 5 and 6.
Written exam: 2 hours,  85 marks, 34% of A-Level.
Paper 2: Sections 6, 7 and 8 and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.
Written exam: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A-Level.
Paper 3: Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13
Written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks 32% of A-Level.

Future opportunities

A-Level Physicists have great flexibility in the choice of University and in a subsequent career which can include Engineering, Pilot Studies, Planetary Science, Robotics, Radiography, Quantity Surveying, Architecture and Construction, Electronics, Technology and Telecommunications.

This course provides a solid background for most science based degree courses, it is a requirement to at least AS level by some University for courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Construction.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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