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Physics AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

Physics allows us to understand the world around us. We will study everything from subatomic particles to looking at the theories of the universe from beginning to end. The course includes abstract ideas like particle-wave duality as well as the more everyday Newtonian Mechanics.

Course content

We study the AQA Physics A specification which consists of nine modules, five core modules for AS and A-level and four additional modules for A-level only.

Year 12

Measurements and their errors: this covers experimental procedure and will be taught throughout the two years where students will undertake 12 core practical assessments. Their practical skills and knowledge will be assessed during these as well as in the examinations.

Particles and radiation: students learn the fundamental particles that make up all matter as well as the fundamental forces that cause them to behave as observed.

Waves: students build on their GCSE knowledge of waves to include standing waves and their application such as musical instruments and communication.

Mechanics and materials: students study motion, forces in action and work and energy and material properties.

Electricity: students study the properties, mechanisms and applications of electric current, resistance and circuits.

Year 13

Further mechanics and thermal physics: students study Newton’s laws and momentum, circular motion and oscillations, and thermal physics.

Fields, and their consequences: students study electric and magnetic fields, capacitors and exponential decay, nuclear physics, medical imaging and modelling the universe.

Nuclear Physics: students learn more about the details of nuclear radiation and its uses as well as the theory of how our sun is powered.

Optional Module: this final module will allow students to learn about a particular topic in much more detail.

Entry requirements

B or above in Science and Additional Science or a grade B in the relevant science for those studying the Triple Award plus a grade B in Maths and English.


At AS students will take two written papers covering modules 1-5. At A-level students will take three written papers covering modules 1-9. All students will complete the required practical assessments.

Future opportunities

“Physics education develops strong intellectual skills, well matched to the needs of the employers” – from a report by the Institute of Physics. Physics is an important first step into many careers in engineering, communication, aerospace, geoscience or theoretical Physics. Suggested course books and further reading will be recommended and trips and lectures will be arranged over the two years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ravens Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years