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Physics A Level at John Taylor High School Academy

Course description

Course Content – A Level - Year 1 Students will study the measurements and their errors and the nature of particles, quantum phenomena and electricity. This is followed by developing an understanding of the laws of motion, energy and power as well as the properties of materials and the nature of waves.

Course Content – A Level - Year 2 Students will continue their study of mechanics as well as the nature of fields. Nuclear and thermal physics is followed by the option of studying astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points or electronics to complete the course

Entry requirements

GCSE grade BB in Science. This must include at least a grade B on all of the different Science units studied. In addition, we require a GCSE grade 7 in Maths (or for early entry the old grade A) and GCSE grade B in English. If you achieve BB in Science overall but do not meet the additional criteria from Science, English or maths, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.


This qualification is linear, students will sit all exams at the end of their two-year course.

A Level – 100% Examination across 3 papers, one of which includes 50% of questions on the option module and 50% based on the skills developed from the twelve required practical activities carried out across the year.

Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the practical requirements will also receive a ‘pass’ grade alongside their A level grade.

Future opportunities

The course provides a firm foundation for students if they wish to continue to higher education (and not just Science degrees) but is also held in high regard by many employers. In addition to the more obvious physics-specific degrees such as Theoretical Physics, Medical Physics and Astronomy, it is also a useful grounding (and sometimes an essential pre-requisite) for the study of many other degrees such Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, all types of Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical and Aeronautical), Mathematics and of course Teaching!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2017
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