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Physics A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

You need flexibility and commitment to study Physics at this level. You will need to apply many techniques to solve the problems you will face in the course - such as using highly technical equipment, applying your knowledge to questions asked, and showing your understanding by demonstrating to others.

Course content

What will I study?

The course is designed to enable students to develop a broad view of different aspects of Physics and explore some of the GCSE topics in more depth. Your ability to plan and carry out their own practical investigations will be enhanced. You will also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of Physics in an applied way and to become confident users of ICT in science that will help you develop an understanding of Physics concepts. You will learn how to work as a team and gain confidence using specialist practical equipment to carry out and evaluate practical experiments.

Topics covered are:


Physics on the Go - Motion, forces, energy, power, flow of liquids, viscosity and properties of materials

Physics at Work - Applications of Physics in areas such as medicine, music, technology in space and solar cells. Waves, refraction, polarisation, diffraction and the nature of light are also covered.


Physics on the Move - Applications of Physics in transport, communications and display techniques, as well as current research in particle Physics.

Physics from Creation to Collapse - Applications of Physics in buildings to withstand earthquakes and a detailed exploration of astrophysics and cosmology.

How will I learn?

Students will be taught in variety of ways with tasks including research, group work, ICT, practical investigations, problem solving and presentations. ICT is used extensively, as a visual tool but also for research purposes, data collection and data handling. Presentations of knowledge you gain are an important part of group work and you will be expected to take an active role in lessons.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language and Core and Additional Science grades BB or Physics grade B with GCSE Maths grade B. AS Maths must be taken alongside.


The course is assessed through both examinations and coursework.

Future opportunities

Success in Physics can lead to further study to degree level in a number of disciplines. Employment areas such as Engineering, Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Veterinary Science and Medicine often require Physics A level prior to starting the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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