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Physics at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

The A Level Physics course is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Physics. As students progress through the course, they’ll build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to areas from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

This is a demanding course that includes practical work throughout.

Course content

The course content covers the basis of how things work, from the constituent parts of atoms out to the extent of the universe. You will integrate the concepts studied with a range of practical experiments throughout each topic giving the course both and academic and practical focus.

You will learn to apply your knowledge of the key concepts to solve problems in a range of different contexts and applications.

Physics combines well with Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. You are advised that if you wish to study Physics at degree level, you must combine Physics with Maths at A Level.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, Grade 5 in Triple Science Physics or 5 in Trilogy if studied plus Grade 5 Maths and 5 in English.


The course is assessed by three examinations at the end of Year 13 with a wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.

Future opportunities

It is impossible to list the career opportunities that the study of Physics at Further and Higher education level can lead to, but here are some of the more important areas: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Microelectronics, Laser Technology, Veterinary Science, Medical Science, Medical Physics, Alternative Energy Design, Marine Engineering, Telecommunications, Radar, Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Forensic Science, Teaching, Satellite Communication, Fibre Optics, Computer Systems Engineering, Geophysics, Astrophysics & Astronomy.

The Institute of Physics website will provide careers information; visit for more information

The qualification can also take you to Advanced apprenticeships in industry, at present aerospace, nuclear power generation and electrical power distribution

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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