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Physics A Level at Verulam School

Course description

To provide students with an educational experience, this will enable them to become confident citizens in a technological world, whether or not they go on to study science beyond A Level. By the end of the course they will be able to recognise the usefulness and limitations of scientific knowledge, see its relevance as applied to other disciplines and be prepared for employment or further study in Physics, Engineering and related areas. The course will assist students to develop skills and attitudes that will improve the effectiveness of their communication, their objectivity and their initiative.

The Year 12 course develops familiar concepts from GCSE such as mechanics, electricity and waves as well as introducing ideas from modern physics, such as quantum theory. In Year 13 the course builds on knowledge from GCSE and Year 12 and introduces further ideas from modern physics including medical physics and cosmology.

A spiral approach to teaching is adopted where areas of study are revisited and built upon to develop an overall understanding. Practical work is an essential part of the course and students are encouraged to consider individual theories within their wider historical and scientific context.

Physics A Level is an essential requirement for students of the subject at Higher Education Level or employment in Physics, Engineering and related areas, e.g. Medical Physics, Telecommunications, Optoelectronics and Media Technology. It is also recognised as a desirable discipline in preparation for business and management.

Entry requirements

APS of 43+ and BB in GCSE Science (including B in the Physics component of your additional or further additional GCSE) and B in Maths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years