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Physics AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Physics underpins our understanding of the Universe we live in, it has brought huge benefits to society and provides the foundation for the advances in engineering, information and communication technologies and health sciences which we rely on daily in our lives.

Studying physics is stimulating, leads to a wide range of careers and gives you good earning potential. Why wouldn't you want to study physics?

The everyday and the infinite; big and small. It's a strange place, the Universe. 

Qualities Required:

  • A lively interest in Physics and the world around them.
  • Good mathematical skills and the ability to think logically and critically.
  • An aptitude for practical work. 

Course content

The A Level course consists of 9 theory modules, which are assessed at the end of Year 13 by three two hour written papers with a multiple choice element.

At the end of Year 12 all students will also sit 2 AS Level Papers.

Practical skills are assessed throughout the course via 12 prescribed practical experiments.

The 9 theory modules are:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics
  9. Astrophysics.

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded A"-B in at least 2 GCSE Science Subjects, either separate Sciences with at least a B in Physics or A*As-BB In Double Science (Additional Applied Science does not provide an adequate preparation for A Level Physics).

Future opportunities

A successful A Level Physics student will have many opportunities open to them. These could include, amongst others, careers and university courses in:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing, computer gaming
  • Education and Research
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Finance and Stock Market Analysis
  • Generation of Electricity
  • Medicine and Medical Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology and Geophysics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear Industry
  • Pharmacy
  • Rocket Science
  • Technological Innovation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.