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Physics A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

Any physicist will tell you that physics is the subject upon which all the other sciences rely for a true understanding of the universe. It is the basis upon which areas like engineering depend.
If you have a good grasp of mathematics and an aptitude for using numbers to solve problems then you will find physics to your liking. In past years enrichment activities have included a particle physics workshop at Royal Holloway University of London and a residential trip to CERN and the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.
Physics is a challenging subject yet increasingly popular. You will need to be dedicated and well organised. Wide reading around the subject area will give a solid base to build upon. A feature of the specification is the value of understanding and being able to apply the principles of physics to unfamiliar settings.


Course content

The course content covers a mixture of classical and modern physics: mechanics,
electrical circuits and components, fields (electric, magnetic and gravitational),
materials, nuclear and particle physics, the quantum theory of light, oscillations and
There is a strong focus throughout the course on the development of practical skills through completion of a series of core experiments.
This both prepares students for the practical focus of the third examination unit and
develops their competence as independent investigators.

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE Physics or a grade B in Additional Science (subject to performance in individual subject exam papers). Preferably a grade 6 in GCSE Maths (high grade 5
equivalent will be considered via interview). A minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English
and three further A*-C GCSE passes are also required. It is expected that students take A level Mathematics alongside this course.


Unit 1: 
  • This unit will cover mechanics, fields and particle physics
  • 30% of A Level
Unit 2:
  • This unit will cover materials, the nature of light, space, thermodynamics and oscillations
  • 30% of A Level
Unit 3:
  • This until will focus on general and practical principles in physics. It will draw on understanding from all topics, half of which will have a strong practical focus
  • 40% of A Level

Future opportunities

Physics is a solid basis for a university course or career in science, medicine or engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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