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Physics A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

This is a subject for students who want to find out about how things in the physical world work; enjoy solving problems and enjoy investigations by the application of imaginative, logical thinking.

Communication is also important in Physics so students will need to be able to communicate effectively, be able to research and think critically about problems. Students will learn theory and develop relevant practical skills throughout the course. We would strongly encourage Physics students to continue to study Maths.

Course content


The AS course focuses on how Physics is used in communication today and designing materials. Areas studied include optics, electricity, spectra, polarisation, digital signals, wave behaviour, quantum behaviour, mapping space and time, rectilinear motion and uniform gravitational forces.


At A2, the course deepens understanding of crucial ideas, giving students a wide-ranging and fundamental view of the nature of matter and the universe. Students look at how fundamental ideas have developed from different points of view, their application and social aspects. Areas studied include exponential decay, electromagnetic machines, charge, electric fields, quantum ideas about the structure of the atom and ionizing radiation.

Entry requirements

GCSE Additional Science and Core Science at grade B or above or GCSE Physics, Biology and Chemistry at grade B or above.



Future opportunities

Physics leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. Students could use Physics to support other qualifications, or to progress onto further studies. Examples of other studies could be: medicine, engineering, electronics, architecture, psychology, dentistry and pharmacy.

Employment opportunities could cover areas such as radiography, biotechnology and even modelling in finance. In fact, Physics is recognised as an entry qualification for a wide range of Higher Education courses and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years