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Physics A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain why all matter and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and how it behaves the way it does. Physicists use the laws they uncover to develop new materials, machinery, and technology to improve our lives and help us explore the universe further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft.
Physicists ask big questions, but they specialise in different areas and their work can be varied. For example, nuclear physicists study tiny particles of matter to discover what the universe is made of, whereas astrophysicists study some of the largest objects – stars, planets and celestial bodies. Many physicists also combine their work with the other sciences (Chemistry and Biology) to study things like meteorology (the atmosphere) and geophysics (the structure of the earth).

Course content

Content is split into six teaching modules:
Module 1 Development of practical skills in physics
Module 2 Foundations of physics
Module 3 Forces and motion
Module 4 Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5 Newtonian world and Astrophysics
Module 6 Particles and medical physics.


Entry requirements

Must include a B grade or above in either Physics or Science / Additional Science and Maths.


Modelling physics (01) - 2 hours 15 minutes written paper (37% of total A level)
Exploring physics (02) - 2 hours 15 minutes written paper (37% of total A level)
Unified physics (03) - 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (26% of total A level)
Practical endorsement in physics (04) - Non-exam assessment - Reported separately

Future opportunities

What kind of things might it lead to? Physics is a useful subject for the majority of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers. You will find physicists everywhere, in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, computer games companies, research labs and more

Physics is helpful for jobs that involve building and developing new technologies, including engineering, astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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