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Physics at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

Physics tries to answer the really big questions, Physicists use the laws they uncover to develop new materials, machinery, and technology to improve our lives and help us explore the universe further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft.

Course content

Paper 1: Advanced Physics 1

Covers half the A level topics and some AS content: Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics


How it is assessed:

Written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

30% of A Level


Paper 2: Advanced Physics 2

Covers half the A level topics and some AS content: Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields, Oscillations


How it is assessed:

Written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

30% of A Level


Paper 3: Advanced Physics 3

Covers all the AS and A level topics


How it is assessed:

Written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes

120 marks

40% of A Level


Assessment of practical skills

Students are assessed through a series of 16 core practical experiments, reported separately to the A level grade as Pass/Fail

Internal assessment, teacher-assessed component.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's 9-5, including grade 7 in Physics or the Trilogy Science Physics modules, 6 in Maths and 6 in English Language.

Future opportunities

Higher education: Physics is a highly regarded A-level. Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell group universities consider Physics as a facilitating subject. It can lead to degree courses in Physics, Maths, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Astrophysics, Climate Science, Computer Science.


Careers: A-level Physics can lead to careers in: Engineering, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Medicine, Food Science, Forensic Science, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics, Computer game design, Cosmology and Geophysics.

Further information

What other subjects does it combine successfully with?

Maths, Chemistry, Further Maths, Biology, Computer Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: EDEXCEL 9PH0

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
    • Email address:


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    • St Gregory’s is an Ofsted Outstanding Catholic school, welcoming of all faiths and none. We help young people to succeed, not just academically but as a well-balanced individual.

      Our Sixth Form is a vibrant happy and successful community where you can pursue and progress your academic studies and become confident, engaged and articulate, such that you will thrive in our rapidly changing world.

      We offer a broad range of subjects with all the support you’ll need to springboard into higher education, apprenticeships and employment. A combination of first class teaching and incredible pastoral care together with a range of experiences outside the classroom will inspire, build self-esteem and the confidence to achieve. Our Sixth Formers achieve consistently good examination results enabling them to move on to their chosen path, including Oxbridge, top universities, medical and veterinary schools. Our results are consistently high.

      Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre includes specialist classrooms, a lecture theatre, small seminar rooms, independent study areas, a large common room with a kitchen, garden and even its own chapel. Sixth Form staff are always on hand to help. Students also have access to a state of the art fitness suite and extensive playing fields with all-weather facilities.