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Physics A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

Physicists are the greediest scientists around as they’ve chosen to study the entire universe. No big deal...

Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain why all matter (that’s every physical thing) and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and how it behaves the way it does. Physicists use the laws they uncover to develop new materials, machinery, and technology to improve our lives and help us explore the universe further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft.

Physics will help you to build up your problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills, you’ll be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.

Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including: engineering (flight, buildings, space, you name it…), astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology (that’s engineering on a seriously tiny molecular scale). Due to the changes to the physics course and the large demand for places, this year, we have increased our entry criteria to a grade A at GCSE.

Course content


TOPICS STUDIED: In year 1 physics contains five modules Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and materials and Electricity

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: No External AS examination at the end of year 1


TOPICS STUDIED: Further mechanics and thermal physics, Fields and their consequences and Nuclear physics

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: Paper one - Periodic motion. 34% of A level Paper two - Thermal physics. 34% of A level Paper three - Data analysis and practical skills. 32% of A level

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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