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A Level Physics at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

If you have an interest in what makes the world work and have a good understanding of mathematics, then Physics is the subject for you. A successful A level physicist will be an effective problem-solver who can communicate efficiently both orally and in writing. Handling data will be a key part of your work and you will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues.

Course content

Over the course of two years you will study: particle physics; quantum physics; waves; mechanics; materials; electricity; thermal physics; gravitational and electric fields; capacitors; electromagnetism and nuclear physics. In the second year the class will also select an option topic from: astrophysics, medical physics, turning points in physics, electronics and engineering.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in Maths AND EITHER Grade B or higher in GCSE Physics and a Grade B GCSE or higher in Biology and Chemistry, OR Grade B in both Core and Additional Science. Students must have an average GCSE point score of 44 points.


Your understanding will be assessed through 3, 2-hour long, examinations at the end of year 13. These will each comprise around a third of your grade. Your practical skills will be assessed through 12 investigations carried out in class, and completion of a lab book. You will be given a pass/fail grade for practical skills which will be reported alongside your final grade.

Future opportunities

A Physics A-level qualification is an asset to any CV. It shows you can think logically, problem- solve and apply ideas. It is ideal preparation for any career with a strong mathematical aspect such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medical imaging, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or aeronautical engineering.

There are many different degrees in aspects of physics, astronomy, electronics and engineering. You could also apply what you have learned to the study of computing, accountancy, journalism, business, design or law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.