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Physics GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

A Level Physics opens the doors to many degrees and careers. All the technology that
surrounds us is based on the principles of physics, so if you are considering working
in any area related to technology from music to medicine, or lasers to law – studying
physics is an essential first step.
Achieving an A Level in Physics demonstrates to universities and employers that you possess excellent problem solving skills, are able to think and communicate in a logical way and are confident in understanding and applying abstract ideas

Course content

»» 8 contact hours of taught content per fortnight, split between two members of
teaching staff.
»» Independent study commitment 8 hours per fortnight.
»» Content covers 5 discrete Physics topics in the AS course (Measurements and their
Errors, Particles, Waves, Matter and Electricity) and an additional 4 across the two
year A Level (Periodic Motion, Thermal Physics, Field and Nuclear Physics).

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved at least a B in Physics at GCSE or at least 2xB
grades in Core and Additional Science.
A B grade in Mathematics is also required alongside an average GCSE points score of 43.


Students will:
»» Sit 2 external exams worth 100% of the final grade for AS and 3 external exams
with 100% of the final grade for A Level. Exams will include long and short answer
questions as well as some multiple choice tasks.
»» Undertake a series of 12 core practical activities leading to a practical endorsement
alongside the final A Level grade achieved. This does not count towards the final
grade however does demonstrate to Universities and employers your practical
There is no practical endorsement for AS

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oriel High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years