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A Level Physics at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

This specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

Course content

  •  Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
  •  Module 2 – Foundations in physics
  •  Module 3 – Forces and motion
  •  Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
  •  Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
  •  Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Physics is a practical subject and the development and acquisition of practical skills is fundamental. Practical skills are embedded throughout the content of this course and provide learners with the opportunity to develop experimental methods and techniques for analysing empirical data. Learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills in preparation for the written examinations, in the broad areas of planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation.

Entry requirements

Although studying mathematics is not a requirement for taking A Level Physics, it should be recognised that there is a strong mathematical component to the physics course and a confident ability in mathematics is beneficial when studying advanced level Physics. For anyone considering taking a degree in Physics or Engineering then an Advanced GCE in Mathematics would be essential.

Future opportunities

Advanced level physics can serve as a stepping stone for a wide range of careers in the physical sciences and engineering. It is also a popular choice for students planning careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Architecture and Finance. More information about careers that stem from Physics can be found on the Institute of Physics website at

Further information

Should you require any additional information, please contact Mrs Inkpen or another member of the physics team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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