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Physics A-Level at The Clarendon Academy

Course description

Please note – Physics A-Level is now linear; this means that all examinations are taken at the end of Year 2.

Module Outline

The core topics covered within Physics are varied. They include a study of investigative physics, (measurements and their errors), particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials and electricity. Later topics also cover further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences and the popular nuclear physics.

Astrophysics: Telescopes. Black holes, quasars, exoplanets, Hubble’s law and the Big Bang.

Medical physics: The physics of sight and hearing, using imaging to aid medical diagnosis including ultrasound fibre optics, X-rays and magnetic resonance.

Engineering physics: Engineering and technological applications of physics, including more advanced mechanics, thermodynamics and engines.

Turning points in physics: Key experiments that resulted in major shifts in physicists’ thinking and Einstein’s special theory of relativity.

Electronics: Components, amplifiers and logic gates in common electrical devices, analogue and digital system processing and data communication systems.

  • 12 internally assessed practical investigations must be completed as part of the course; 6 in year 1, and 6 in year 2. This involves collecting, displaying and interpreting data.
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding from the practical work will comprise examination questions in the externally assessed exams.

Career Paths:

A-Level Physics is a highly academic course, which lays the groundwork for further study at undergraduate level in courses such as Physics, Mathematics, further sciences including medicine, in addition to supporting Engineering and other related courses. It complements A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, and other sciences such as Chemistry and Biology. There is a very high mathematical content to this course.

Entry requirements

In the first year of the Sixth Form, students are expected to follow at least 3 subjects. Most will choose 4.

A minimum of 5 grade Cs are required to undertake A Levels and a grade B is recommended in your chosen subjects;  A ‘B’ grade is essential in Physics GCSE to take this subject at A Level.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Clarendon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

Key information

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