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Physics AS Level at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

Physics asks ‘why’ relentlessly. Physicists don’t accept things at face value; they
insist on digging deeper, uncovering the real fundamentals of Science, and when
we say the fundamentals, we mean nothing less than the frontiers of human
understanding. Physicists relish the questions that can’t easily be answered. We
scrutinise the very small (as witnessed by the experiments at the Large Hadron
Collider in Switzerland), and we grapple with incomprehensible scale as we
painstakingly map the universe itself. This curiosity has led to huge technological
advances that continue to radically change our lives — mobile phones, 3D
medical scanning, the Internet...

Course content

The course covers a wide field of physics topics, including quantum behaviour, fields, nuclear physics, astrophysics, thermodynamics and motion analysis. While the course has no coursework element, with the assessment being 100% examined, practical work is still core to our teaching. Students are given a teacher-assessed endorsement of their practical skills and their knowledge of mandatory experiments from the specification is tested in their exams. Mathematical questions make up at least 40% of the A-Level assessment, so choosing Physics and Maths together is a very strong option choice.

Entry requirements

GCSE 6 in Physics or 7/7 in Combined Science + 7 in Maths


Students take two papers at the end of Year 12, covering all the year’s material. Students who continue into the second year take three papers at the end of Year 13 that cover the full content of the course. These three papers provide the full A-Level grade.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year