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A Level Physics at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

A Level Physics provides excellent opportunities for the study of science beyond GCSE. The course carefully builds on GCSE knowledge, covering the fundamental topics early on to give a firm basis for later study as well as developing useful and more sophisticated practical skills. Students are encouraged to understand the processes of Physics and the way the subject develops through experiment, theory, insight and creative thought. The dependence of Physics on good mathematical analysis is constantly emphasised and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely is also essential. Physics is conceptually challenging and should appeal to students with a curiosity about the world and its place in the Universe. There is no coursework in AS or A2 Physics.


Unit 1: Motion, Energy and Charge (40% of the AS, 20% of the full A level)

Unit 2: Waves and Particles (40% of the AS, 20% of the full A level)

Unit 3: Practical Physics (20% of the AS, 10% of the full A level)


The A2 course builds on work from the AS year to provide a comprehensive understanding of physics at advanced level. These units are both challenging and stimulating and the synthesis within each unit provides an excellent opportunity to see how the patterns of physics fit together whilst looking at some modern applications of these ideas. Unit 4: Oscillations and Fields (18% of the full A level)

Unit 5: Magnetism, Nuclei and Options (22% of the full A level)

Unit 6: Experimental and Synoptic Assessment (10% of the full A level)

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. For Triple Science students - A minimum of an A B combination of GCSE Mathematics and Physics (ie Mathematics A, Physics B or Physics A and Mathematics B).
For Double Science Students - An A grade or better in GCSE Single Science with an A grade or better in GCSE Additional Science plus a B grade or better in GCSE Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years