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Physics A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Marlborough College

Course description

From the moment we are born we yearn to learn about the world. Through the process of play children quickly discover how the environment around them operates and develop an understanding of the physical world. We are all, at heart, inquisitive; what science does is to formalise and develop this process, through the exploration and development of theories.

Physics challenges students to think critically about the subject in a variety of contexts: from the demands of classical mechanics to the evolving uncertainty of particle physics. Through experiments, demonstrations and open-ended discussions students develop many important skills, including analysis, evaluation, problem solving, teamwork and ICT. These skills involve the development of higher level thinking and, as a consequence, Physics is commonly regarded as one of the most prestigious subjects offered within schools: It is hardly surprising that Physics is such a highly sought after qualification.

Course content

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences: From the smallest constituents of the atom to the largest structures in the universe, Physics has something to say about it all.

COMPONENT 1: Newtonian Physics 

  • Mechanics,
  • Circular Motion,
  • Simple Harmonic Motion,
  • Kinetic Theory
  • Thermal Physics.

COMPONENT 2: Electricity and the Universe 

  • Electric circuits,
  • Materials,
  • Gravitational and Electrostatic Fields,
  • Astronomy and the Universe.

COMPONENT 3: Light, Nuclei and Options 

  • The Wave and Particle nature of Light,
  • Particle Physics and Nuclear Structure,
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetic Induction.

In addition candidates can choose to study one of the following options:

  • Alternating Currents;
  • Medical Physics;
  • The Physics of Sport;
  • Energy and the Environment.

By challenging pupils to confront their own perceptions we prepare them for a world which is constantly changing, and doing so at an increasing pace. Physics, in short, is about the future.

Entry requirements

A level mathematics is not necessary for those studying physics, although it does provide good support to the course: Additional support is provided for non-mathematicians.


The course is a linear one, involving three written exams at the end of the two-year course.

  1. Newtonian physics 2 hours 15 minutes, 31.25%
  2. Electricity and the universe 2 hours, 31.25%
  3. Light, nuclei and options 2 hour 15 minutes, 37.5%

Progress at key stages during the course will be assessed by the department.

The course has a strong practical element and pupils attaining a minimum standard in a set of core skills will be awarded an additional Practical Endorsement.

Future opportunities

The study of Physics is essential for a wide range of careers in science, technology and engineering and highly desirable in many others. Physicists can be found in a many other vocations, however. The analytical nature of the subject makes it ideal for careers in finance and economics. Physicists can also be found in areas as diverse as management and law. Physics is a wonderful facilitating subject, opening up a multitude of options, whilst closing no doors in the process.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Marlborough College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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