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Physics A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

You will participate in practical work which develops an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and which helps to foster the development of skills in the design and execution of experiments. Knowledge and understanding of physics concepts are placed in context and you will be encouraged to appreciate their significance and the importance of physics as a human endeavour that interacts with social, philosophical, economic and industrial matters. You will enjoy the course if you have an enquiring mind and are willing to take your own learning seriously.

Course content

In year 12 you will study: 

  • working as a physicist 
  • mechanics 
  • electrical circuits 
  • materials 
  • waves and the particle nature of light

Experimental work is extremely important and incorporated into the teaching and learning.

In year 13 you will develop your work on the topics covered in year 12 as well as studying: 

  • electric and magnetic fields 
  • nuclear and particle physics 
  • thermodynamics 
  • space 
  • nuclear radiation 
  • gravitational fields 
  • oscillations

The course encourages students to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

Grade B in GCSE science, and level 4 or above in mathematics and English Language


All assessment is through examinations at the end of the course.

Experimental work is compulsory and is formally assessed throughout the 2 year course. It is reported separately on the certificate.

Future opportunities

Physics is a highly respected qualification. It is a requirement for many HE courses and desirable for others like medicine, sports science and music technology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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