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Physics A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

Physics allows students to study Newton’s three laws of motion and applications to everyday situations, the motion of projectiles through the air and certain properties of materials such as Young’s modulus. Students will also study basic circuit electronics and the laws governing them, for example, Kirchoff’s laws and I-V characteristics of certain components. The physics of waves is also examined, with focus on progressive and stationary waves and their everyday occurrences, before applying this knowledge to the study of quantum physics including Einstein’s photoelectric equation as well as the phenomenon of wave-particle duality. In the second year, a further two modules are studied, entitled “Newtonian World and Astrophysics” and “Particles and Medical Physics”. Throughout the course, students will also be required to develop practical skills in preparation for the written examinations.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Physics and one other science (GCSE Biology or GCSE Chemistry) or Grade 6:6 or above in GCSE Combined Science.

GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics (higher paper) is essential. Grade 6 or above in Mathematics highly recommended.


Students sit three written papers assessing all six modules. Students will also work towards a teacher-assessed Practical Endorsement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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