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Physics A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Learning Physics will help you to gain an understanding of how the world works and will help you develop mathematical, investigative, practical and ICT skills. The context based Physics course we follow gives many examples of how physics is applied in the outside world and our students are very positive about this approach. Past results have shown that girls do just as well as boys in Physics, if not better, and we positively encourage applications from girls. In recent years two female students from Holy Cross won the Salter’s prize for Physics with the highest score in the UK for A Level Physics (600/600) and also the prize for the best A Level Physics coursework nationally.

Course content

Our context based Physics differs from other A Level Physics courses because it uses real life applications to teach the physics theory in the course. Some of the topics covered in the first AS year are: the Physics of sport, car design, bungee jumping; air crash investigation; how a CD works; the wave patterns of different musical instruments.  We also discover the mysteries of Quantum Physics, and investigate Particle Physics; magnetism; the life and death of stars; dark matter; and theories on the birth and death of the universe. Over the last five years we have run annual visits to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva.

Entry requirements

If you have taken GCSE Physics you must achieve at least a grade B. If you have taken GCSE Science you must achieve a grade C in Core Science and a grade B in Additional Science (at the higher tier). You must also have taken the higher level GCSE Maths and have achieved at least a grade B. If you have taken other science qualifications you will need to discuss this with us.

Future opportunities

A Physics qualification is highly valued by employers and universities and it has been shown that people with a Physics degree earn higher salaries compared to many other degrees. A Level Physics is useful or essential for a wide range of careers including all branches of engineering, careers in scientific research, medical physics, radiography and other areas linked to medicine, electronics, meteorology, environmental science and geophysics. Physics A Level is often taken by people intending to study Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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