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Physics A Level at St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College

Course description

Physics is the subject that provides you with the Theory of Everything and answers the most important question of all – WHY?

Physics will take you on a journey from fundamental building blocks of matter to the forces that hold galaxies and the whole universe together. It will give you a grounding in general physics concepts, dealing with forces and motion, plus the more abstract concepts involved with electricity, waves and WIMP’s. It may delve deeper into the realms of Astrophysics or take you back in time to the important experiments that have enhanced our lives today

Physics is the science that leads us to new technologies that will shape our future. Learning about important theories is backed up by a significant amount of practical work to develop your analytical skills and also provide further enjoyment.

Course content


Measurements and their errors
Particles and radiation
Mechanics and materials


Further mechanics and thermal physics
Fields and their consequences
Nuclear Physics
Plus one option topic from:
Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics and Electronics.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study Physics must have acquired a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at A* - C, including English Language and Maths at B or above and at least a Grade B in Core and Additional Science (or Physics) GCSE. It is strongly recommended that you should only study A Level Physics if you are also studying A Level Maths


Year 12

Paper 1 50% of AS.
Paper 2 50% of AS.

The AS level is a stand-alone qualification – it does not contribute marks to the A level. It is designed as a one year course – students would be expected to sit the exams at the end of Year 12.

Year 13

Paper 1 34% of A2
Paper 2 34% of A2
Paper 3 Section A – 18% of A2
Paper 3 Section B (option topic) – 14% of A2

The A level is designed as a two year course – students would be expected to sit all of the exams at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Physics is ideal if you are considering a career in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine or even Archaeology. Physics is a traditional subject that is valued by academic institutions and employers due to the challenges it demands of its students.

Further information

Physics is taught using a mixture of practical’s, group work, problem solving and whole class teaching, tailored to specific needs. You will be expected to read around the subject and complete regular homework. One to one sessions are offered to students requiring extra help

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

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