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A Level Physics at Royal Latin School

Course description

Physics at A Level offers the opportunity to study how things work, from the smallest subatomic particle to the whole universe. It suits those who have enjoyed the study of Physics at GCSE and can be a good choice with subjects such as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology. It develops an interest in, and understanding of, the way things work and the ability to analyse problems in a logical and quantitative manner. It is valuable for those thinking of degrees and careers in sciences, engineering, medicine, architecture, management and law.

Course content

Year 1: This course builds on the work covered at GCSE, but with greater depth and detail. There is also work on Quantum Physics and on the Quark structure of the nucleus. There is also more emphasis on the application of physics and how science works and more opportunities for practical work. You will study two module units : ‘Particles Quantum Phenomena and Electricity’ and ‘Mechanics, Materials and Waves’

Year 2: Comprises two units: one unit is ’Fields and Further Mechanics’ and the other unit is in two parts: a common section on Nuclear and Thermal Physics and a section chosen from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics or Turning Points in Physics. The A level exam is taken at the end of Year Thirteen. There is also an assessment of practical skills which is internally assessed.

The teaching is shared between two teachers. You will be expected to undertake a programme of wide and background reading and to use the internet to explore recent developments in Physics. You will also be expected to solve numerical problems and to also write up practical work in preparation for theory lessons.

Entry requirements

We require at least a B in Physics GCSE and a B in Maths or a B in Maths and an A in Core Science and an A in Additional Science. However, the majority of students taking this course will have obtained an A or A* grade at GCSE in Physics and also in Maths. It is highly recommended that you take Maths Mechanics AS, at least, if you wish to study Physics A level and Further Maths if you plan to study Physics or Engineering at University.


Assessment is by examinations taken in June of Year Thirteen

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Royal Latin School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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