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Physics A level at Monks Walk School

Course description

Physicists seek to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world, ranging from identifying the smallest fundamental particles right up to explaining how the Universe has evolved. Through their work students will encounter many new theories, explanations and descriptions, practical investigations and lots of calculations. A natural curiosity and a drive to explain how the world works is essential.

Course content

Topics studied in the first year include:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity
  • Wave Motion
  • Quantum Physics.

In the second year modern Physics ideas including:

  • Particle Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Cosmology

As well as classical concepts such as Field Theory and Thermodynamics.

Entry requirements

A*- B if the subject was taken as a separate science at GCSE. A*- B in Core Science and A*- A in Additional Science if Double Award studied. GCSE B or above in Maths and GCSE C or above in English. APS: 40 or above.


Students are assessed through written examinations taken at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

Physicists are able to think clearly and systematically, and solve complex problems – skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of fields. A-Level Physics enables students to take Higher Education courses in subjects such as Science, Engineering, Computing and Medicine and can be a valuable asset for Business, Finance and Economics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years