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Physics A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

We are born with a curiosity to understand the world around us. To ask questions such as “How did the universe begin?” “How does the sun keep shining?” and “How do mobile phones work?” If you find that the more answers you discover the more questions that you want to ask, then you are on your way to being a physicist.

As well as being concerned with deep fundamental questions, physics forms the basis for much of present and future technology. For example, when CD players were developed, it was crucial that the physics of lasers and the interaction of light with matter were well understood. This in turn depended on an understanding of atomic and quantum physics.

The skills developed during the physics course include:

Practical skills including those of dexterity and organisation.

Skills of generalisation and interpretation of results.

Investigative skills.

Ability and confidence in the subject.

Manipulation of data.

Course content

The course consists of a range of topics including:
- Particles
- Quantum phenomena
- Electricity
- Mechanics
- Materials and waves
- Momentum
- Circular and simple harmonic motion
- Gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.
- Nuclear and astrophysics

Entry requirements

We recommend that you have at least Grade A in GCSE Physics or A grades in CORE and Additional Science. You will also need to achieve at least grade B in Maths.

Students in the past who have had the minimum recommendations have found A level difficult. However, students with the commitment and motivation can achieve success.


Practical work will be an integral part of study to reinforce knowledge and understanding as well as develop specific skills.

There will be complete investigations and problem solving activities as well as opportunities to extend individual interests in topics. Assessment will focus on aspects of planning, carrying out, analysing and evaluating experiments.

Other activities would include note taking, discussion, written questions requiring short and extended answers, concept modelling, researching and analysing data including full use of ICT and presentations to various audiences.

Future opportunities

This course provides a good foundation for further Physics related studies at college or university. Physics opens the door to an amazing world. Employers rate Physics qualifications very highly. As a Physicist your studies may lead you to work in many areas:
- As a Meteorologist.
- As an Electrical or Mechanical Engineer.
- As a Doctor or other areas of medicine.
- In Finance.
- In Marketing, Business and Management.
- In Astronomy.

It will also be useful as a general qualification to support an application to study different courses, such as Mathematics and Engineering.

Further information

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College.
Many students in the past have combined Physics with Chemistry and Mathematics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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