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A Level Physics at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

Physics deals with questions about the fundamental nature of our Universe. What is it made from? How do matter and energy behave within it? How can we harness both to our greatest advantage? The application of physics principles can be used to help solve some of the most pressing problems of our time such as how we can meet the ever increasing demand for energy in an environmentally friendly way. As well as being a fascinating and stimulating subject, physics will be at the core of future technological developments. Physicists will always be in demand!

Course content

We believe in hands-on physics and giving you the chance to see things happen. We always include as many different types of activity as possible:

  • practical work with a partner or on your own
  • demonstrations of physical principles
  • quizzes
  • questions requiring written answers or carrying out comprehension exercises
  • using the course textbooks and online resources
  • discussing concepts and their implications

Entry requirements

Students should meet the standard 6th Form entry criteria.  Students should preferably have an A grade (or above) in the associated GCSE single science. Students who have a GCSE double science qualification should have an A grade (or above), although those with a high B grade will be considered.  Students should also have an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject. The willingness to take on a challenge and the resourcefulness to overcome difficulties are other important qualities.


n both years you will be assessed through a combination of written examinations and practical units.

Future opportunities

A pass in Physics is essential for many careers including those in science, engineering, space technology and the medical field, but don’t forget that Physics is a highly regarded A Level whatever your future choice of career. Physics graduates are highly valued for their problem-solving and numeracy. Some example of other careers open to you include: architecture, merchant banking, oceanography, photography, cartography, science broadcasting or journalism, computer-aided design, quantity surveying, graphic art and technical jobs in media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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