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Physics A Level at Maricourt Catholic High School

Course description

- If you are interested in understanding the nature of the Universe and are curious to explain the things you see around you.
- If you enjoyed studying: forces and energy, electricity, radioactivity and atoms, heat, light and sound waves in your GCSE course and would like to find out more.
- If you can think logically.
- If you are good at mathematics, especially algebra.
- If you wish to keep your career options open

Course content

You will be studying the new Physics course from AQA. The modules studied are as follows:

Core Content
1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and radiation
3. Waves
4. Mechanics and materials
5. Electricity
6. Further mechanics and thermal physics (A level only)
7. Fields and their consequences (A Level only)
8. Nuclear physics (A Level only)

9. Astrophysics (A Level only)
10. Medical physics ( A Level only)
11. Engineering physics (A level only)
12. Turning points in physics ( A Level only)
13. Electronics (A Level only)

Entry requirements

- For pupils following the Separate Science course: Physics at grade B or better.
- For pupils following the Core and Additional Science course: Core at grade B or better, Additional at Grade A or better.
- Mathematics:GCSE at grade B or better. (Higher Tier).
- A willingness to work conscientiously.
- We would strongly advise that you study A level Mathematics, but this is not compulsory.


The first year of study is assessed in two papers at the end of year 12 involving module content 1-5 and practical skills.

Residential: Two day visit to CERN, Geneva, to see Large Hadron Collider

The second year of study leads up to A2 Level consists of 3 papers involving units 1-8 and optional module 9 astrophysics.

Enrichment: Previous activities to enrich student experience include residential trips to Geneva to see CERN; prestigious physics lectures In London, physics Olympics challenges.

Further information

The Physics teachers at Maricourt care about all their students. They take a great deal of pride in delivering high quality lessons to maximise the learning of their students. Teachers ensure that students are given regular feedback on their progress and strategies to advance their learning. There are opportunities for extra curricular activities in Physics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 February 2017

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