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Physics A Level at Twyford CofE High School

Course description

Anyone who wants to really understand how things work, in every detail and at the deepest level.
People with enquiring minds who enjoy a challenge and developing their problem solving skills
Those seeking to develop their practical skills in physics by planning experiments, collecting data, drawing conclusions and evaluating results.
Students wishing to pursue a career in engineering or another physics related subject

Course content

Physics is central to our understanding of the nature of matter and the composition and origin of the Universe. It underpins the technological advances of modern society. A Level physics is a challenging course covering a range of subjects.

In Year 1 we will cover exciting topics such as: Developing our practical skills in physics; the foundations of physics; explaining objects around us in forces and motion; looking at smaller scales in electrons, waves, and photons.

In Year 2 we will carry on to develop our practical skills a long with other topics such as: the macroscopic world in Newtonian world and astrophysics; particles and the application of physics in medicine.

Entry requirements

Grade 77 in Double Science OR Grade 776 in Triple Science and 7 in Physics.


Year 12: These exams are not assessed externally in the summer, but all content in Year 1 will be required in year 2
Paper 1 (Breadth) - 70 marks, 1h30; 50% AS-level grade (does not count towards final A2 grade)
Paper 2 (Depth) - 70 marks, 1h30; 50% AS - level grade (does not count towards final A2 grade)

Year 13: Three external assessments: Paper 1 (Modelling) - 100 marks, 2h15; 37% A -
level grade
Paper 2 (Exploring) - 100 marks, 2h15; 37% A - level grade
Paper 3 (Unified) - 70 marks, 1h30; 26% A- level grade
Non - exam assessment (practical endorsement) - pass/fail grade reported alongside A2 grade

Future opportunities

A level physics is an excellent foundation for further education courses in science and
engineering. Physicists end up in all sorts of interesting jobs and are virtually never unemployed, because of their broad training and adaptability. In particular they are needed at the start of new technologies or in challenging projects such as space missions, remote explorations, and failure assessment.

As a working physicist you may find yourself: trying to predict the stock market on Wall Street; testing satellites for space missions; developing new materials for
industry; developing new electronic devices and components; treating cancer patients in hospital; trying to predict the next major earthquake to hit San Francisco or Japan; or developing flight simulation software.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 December 2017
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