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A Level (Linear) Physics at Chelmer Valley High School

Course description

Physics is the gateway to the Universe!

Physics A level covers topics as diverse as the properties of fundamental elementary particles and astrophysical phenomena that may lead to understanding the origins of the Universe. It is also the basis for most technological developments and is important in helping us understand some of the most important and challenging problems of our time, such as climate change and energy generation.

We currently run the AQA course taught using the content approach.

The A2 year is also supplemented by a trip to CERN where students can see particle accelerators, while rubbing shoulders with multiple Noble Prize winners. The students spend three days in Geneva, experiencing Swiss culture and seeing the sights. It is an opportunity for them to experience how scientists collaborate on experiments, while also testing their recently acquired knowledge from Unit 4.

Physics A level complements subjects such as Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Technology and many others. It can lead to careers in research, engineering, medicine and is widely accepted by top Universities for entry to any number of courses.

Course content

A range of traditional Physics areas with the emphasis being on applications such as: forces in buildings; movement in sport; waves in musical instruments; fields around planets; electricity in everyday life; electromagnetism and motors; heat and insulation in refrigerators; nuclear power using radioactivity and quantum physics.


Exam Board: AQA

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 September 2015
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Key information

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


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    • From Chelmsford:

      • From Chelmsford Town Centre, take Broomfield Road, following signs to Broomfield Hospital.
      • You will join Main Road (B1008).
      • Turn Left, into Court Road.
      • Follow Court Road, carrying straight on just before the bend.
      • You have arrived and should see the school's sign.


      From Braintree:

      • Take the A131 following signs to Broomfield Hospital.
      • At roundabout with A130, take the B1008 past The Walthams.
      • Follow B1008.
      • Turn right into Hospital Approach, at the roundabout near the Hospital.
      • Take first left into Court Road, and follow until you see the Chelmer Valley sign.


      Bus Services available:

      • From Chelmsford 42, 352 & 33
      • From Braintree 70 & 352
      • From Dunmow 33
      • Please note the no. 352 has a limited service.