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Physics A Level at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

Course description

Physics is for anyone with an interest in explaining the world around them, from the fate of the universe to how an x-ray machine works to why we slip on ice. People studying A level Physics can go on to become solicitors, engineers, architects, doctors, vets, dentists, computer games designers, teachers, work in the oil industry, management consultants, lawyers, research scientists and so much more… A level physics is highly thought of by all universities, and very useful for getting on to a wide range of university courses.

Course content


2 exams covering the following 4 modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics

Learn and use the skills to plan, implement, analyse and evaluate a level 3 standard practical.

Module 2 – Foundations of Physics

How to make measurements, recalling and using standard physical quantities and units. Scalars and vectors.

Module 3 – Forces and motion

Students study forces in the world around us and their effect on the way things move and the shape of objects.

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Pupils study how we can utilise electricity, looking at electric circuits in detail. They also study waves and their applications. They will explore how scientific knowledge can be used to reduce risk in society. This topic also introduces the phenomena of quantum physics, looking at how theories have developed through history as well as how physics applies to the very, very small.


3 exams in total, covering the 4 modules from AS, as well as 2 additional modules:

Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics

Students will develop practical skills as they study how Newton’s ideas have helped explain the physical phenomena around us, in relation to circular motion of the planets, benefits and catastrophic effects of forced and natural oscillations, gravity, and thermal physics.

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

This module covers the physics behind some of the recent medical advances in imaging the body, and how science can be used to benefit society. It also looks at the most recent discoveries to do with particle and nuclear physics.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE Physics or Grade A GCSE Additional Science 

Grade B GCSE Maths



  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics
  • Module 2 – Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3 – Forces and motion
  • Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Assessed by 2 exams,each covering all 4 modules.


The 4 AS modules, and 2 further modules:

  • Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Assessed by 3 exams:

  • Modelling physics (covering modules 1,2,3 and 5)
  • Exploring physics (covering modules 1,2,4 and 6)
  • Unified physics (covering all modules)

Further information

Trips vary from year to year, in the past they have included:

  • An end of year 12 project (Physics of film, books and theme parks) with a trip to Flamingo Land
  • A trip to Durham University (Year 12 & 13) for the Christmas Lectures.
  • Visits to the Medical Physics department of the RVI during Year 13
  • CERN particle acceleration in Geneva
  • Kielder Observatory

After school, staff accompany pupils from Years 12 & 13 to any appropriate lectures in the Newcastle University Public Lecture series.

Pupils are encouraged to arrange cafe scientifique events in school and to apply for Nuffield Summer Placements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heworth Grange Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 22 July 2016

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