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Physics A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Physicists study how the relationships between matter, forces and energy cause natural phenomena such as gravity, light and magnetism. Physicists are interested in understanding how the Universe works and how that understanding can be used.

Physicists make discoveries which affect the lives of all of us: how to make, distribute and control the electrical energy used in homes and the workplace; how to use electrons to develop television and computers; how to use ultra sound and radioactive materials in medicine and how to use light and lasers for cameras, digital recording and communications technology.

Course content

The course constructed at St Paul’s aims to provide an understanding of how the relationship between matter and energy can be investigated, modelled and applied to the solution of real problems. Students will study Nuclear Physics, Medical Imaging, Quantum Physics and the nature of the Universe.

Students will develop a wide range of skills which are useful to further study and future employment. They will learn how to manipulate mechanical and electrical equipment with confidence and skill; how to make precise measurements and how to appreciate errors and minimise unwanted effects.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE [may include BTEC L2 Engineering]. However, to study Physics, students will need at least one B grade GCSE in Science and another B grade in Mathematics.


Assessment is by means of three examinations which are taken at the end of the two year course and a practical endorsement which is assessed in the classroom over the two year period.

The Forces and Motion module is assessed with the Electrons Waves and Photons module in the Modelling Physics examination; Newtonian World is assessed with Particles and Medical Physics in the Exploring Physics examination and the third examination, Unified Physics, assesses content from all teaching modules.

Future opportunities

Studying A-level Physics can lead to a career in computing, information science, technical sales and support, electronics, medicine, research, meteorology, astronomy, science teaching, nuclear physics, 32 production engineering, space travel, mechanical engineering, architecture, civil engineering, forensic science, metallurgy and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years