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Physics A Level at Tudor Grange Academy

Course description

AQA Specification

Physics is the fundamental science. It is central to our understanding of the nature of matter and the Universe around us and the basis of all developments in high technology and engineering. Physicists tackle problems at the frontiers of knowledge, looking for new phenomena and insights into the workings of nature. They also work on challenges arising in the application of physical ideas to industrial problems.

There is no industry, commercial activity, medical treatment, communications system, or form of entertainment that does not depend on the application of physical principles. The course is concept led. This means that you concentrate on the principles first, and then consider how these are applied in various contexts.

In each year, there are three units that count towards your final mark. In year 13 you will be expected to use and build upon learning from the Year 12 part of the course.

Course content

Year 12  Measurements and their errors  Particles, Radiation and Quantum Phenomena  Waves  Mechanics and Materials  Electricity

Year 13  Further Mechanics and Thermal physics  Fields and their consequences  Nuclear physics

Optional Modules:  Astrophysics  Medical Physics  Engineering Physics  Turning Points in Physics  Electronics

Entry requirements



3 Exams.

Future opportunities

Physics is an essential qualification for a large number of careers as well as an excellent subject to study alongside any other subject. Having a qualification in physics can create opportunities to enter careers in engineering, medicine, medical physics, seismology, communications, defence, meteorology, astronomy to name but a few.

You will develop team working abilities, analytical skills, problem solving and creative thinking, an ability to evaluate risk and communication and numeracy skills; all of which are highly valued by all employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tudor Grange Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years