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Physics at The Regis School

Course description

Physics concerns itself with describing the universe. From the things we take for granted every-day; like forces, motion, sound and light to the amazing, like the cosmos, space-time and the quantum world.

By constantly improving our understanding we try to find ways to make the world better for society.

At TRS we have experienced teaching in a supportive, but challenging climate. Our modern laboratory facilities provide us with the perfect environment to combine the theory and practical elements of the course. Over the years we have found the best ways to support and develop the independent learning skills necessary for success in 6th form and at university.

Beyond the curriculum the department is partnered with the University of Brighton and supports three students a year completing Nuffield research placements in the summer holidays.

Course content


1. Measurements and their errors, including use of SI units and their prefixes, limitations of physical measurement, estimation of physical quantities

2. Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms

3. Waves , including progressive waves, interference, diffraction

4. Mechanics and energy , including projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion 5. Electricity , including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance


1. Further mechanics and thermal physics , including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model

2. Fields , including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density

3. Nuclear physics , including evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay, nuclear instability Plus one option from:

• Astrophysics, Including classification of stars by luminosity, Doppler effect, detection of exoplanets

• Medical physics, Including physics of vision, ECG machines, x-ray imaging

• Engineering physics, including rotational dynamics, thermodynamics and engines

• Turning points in physics, including discovery of the electron, Einstein’s theory of special relativity

• Electronics, including discrete semiconductor devices, data communication systems

Entry requirements

Entry qualification: Grade B in Additional Science. Due to the extended nature of Triple Science students with a C grade in GCSE Physics will be accepted on a case by case basis. Due to the nature of the course, a B in Maths is also preferable.


AS: 2 written papers comprising 100% of the marks 1.5 hours in duration

A2 3 written papers. Paper 1 and 2 are both 34% of the final grade and cover the course topics individually. Paper 3 is worth the remaining 32% of marks and contains synoptic and practical based questions.

Future opportunities

Physics is one of the most respected A Levels and will be looked upon favourably by any student wishing to follow a path into higher education or employment.

Physics leads into many university degrees, from numerous pure physics courses that look at a variety of aspects including astrophysics and particle physics, to more vocational degrees like engineering and architecture.

Any medical or veterinary path will be enhanced by a high physics A level grade Many other careers, such as law and journalism, require some people with specialist physics knowledge.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Regis School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017