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Physics at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Physics is a fundamental subject that underpins the whole of science, and a good understanding of its principles is essential in our increasingly technological world. Physics is a challenging but exciting subject that has the power to inspire every student.

Who would it suit?

Physics suits students who have enjoyed studying both science and mathematics at KS4. It is for those who would like to develop a detailed understanding of how the universe works and then use that understanding to shape our future.


“Physics provides our most powerful means of understanding and explaining the universe, and tells us inspiring stories of human imagination and courage”.

*This is a reformed A Level

Course content

The Physics A Level is split up into six modules, which will allow clear progression pathways, from GCSE to AS/A Level, through to higher education. Each module covers a particular aspect of physics, so that you will be able to build on your knowledge of the laws of physics and apply your understanding to areas from sub atomic particles to the entire Universe.


Module 1 focuses on the development of practical skills through planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating scientific investigations. This module is taught throughout the year whenever practical work is being carried out as practical work is a massive part of the A level physics course. Module 2 builds on the foundations of Physics that you may have studied at GCSE. This includes: physical quantities and units, scalars and vectors and measurements. Module 3 explores motion, forces in action, work energy and power, materials and Newton’s laws of motion and momentum. Module 4 includes the study of electrons, waves and photons and how they move. Module 5 moves on to an in depth study of the Newtonian world and astrophysics. Finally, Module 6 will enable you to apply and develop your knowledge on particles physics, astrophysics, cosmology and medical physics.


From September 2015, A Level will be fully linear so assessment of student’s knowledge takes place at the end of the two years of study. Modules 1 – 4 however can constitute the stand alone AS qualification. The AS grade will not contribute to the final A Level grade. Modules 1 to 6 combined with a teacher assessed practical endorsement will make up the full A Level. The practical endorsement is the completion of 12 practical activities which demonstrate practical competence.

AS Level Physics will consist of two papers which will assess any content from modules 1 – 4 which you will sit at the end of the first year.

A Level Physics consists of three papers which assesses both AS and A Level content. They will take place after year 2.

Future opportunities

Physics is highly regarded by universities and employers. It can lead to roles in scientific research, as well as a range of careers in areas such as law; finance; astronomy; engineering; architecture; medicine; communications and transport; music, theatre, film, and television; multimedia design and development; the environmental and energy sectors; journalism; and education.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include visits to exhibitions, university departments, research institutions, and physics-related workplaces. Talks from invited speakers, and collaborations with scientists and academic research students.

Who to contact for more advice?

Mr Godfrey

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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