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Physics A Level at Canons High School

Course description

A Level Physics is suitable if you:

  • have an interest in, and enjoy Physics and Engineering
  • want to find out about how things work in the real world
  • enjoy applying your mind to solving problems
  • want to use Physics to progress onto further studies in Higher Education or support other qualifications or enter Physics-based employment including engineering

Course content

Physics involves the study of the world around us and how we can relate mathematical principles to these situations. The study stems from Mechanics and Forces, through Electromagnetism to Quantum Physics where we look at phenomena on an atomic scale that cannot be described by ‘Newtonian’ Physics. You’ll develop a logical approach to problem solving as well as your ability to understand abstract principles. The course encourages imaginative and critical thinking and develops your skills in laboratory procedures.

Entry requirements

6 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that you achieved in GCSE Science, Additional Science and Physics. It is expected that you should have at least the equivalent of a GCSE grade B in Physics or Additional Science, and a GCSE grade B in Mathematics. In Physics you will need to be able to communicate effectively, be able to carry out research, work independently and critically think about problems. Good practical skills are also important as Physics is a very practical subject.


Stand alone assessment of practical and investigative skills within contexts encountered during Physics. 

Examination (100 %).

Future opportunities

The Physics course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects.

Physics can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

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