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Physics A Level at Keswick School

Course description

A level physics is a popular but difficult subject, which appeals to students who have enjoyed and succeeded in GCSE science subjects. It is challenging, but rewarding for those students who are prepared to work hard to understand the ideas and content covered.

Course content

Year 12

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

Year 13

All of the Year 12 content, with the addition of

  1. Nuclear physics
  2. Astronomy

Practical skills and analysis will be taught in the weekly practical lesson, and examined in the theory exam at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in GCSE physics or grades BB or above in science and additional science, and
  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE mathematics.
  • In addition, students following a science and additional science course will need to successfully complete a GCSE Unit 3 bridging unit in physics.
  • It is not necessary to study A level maths to be successful in A level physics, but we would recommend that students take A level mathematics.


Three 2 hour papers. Questions will include long and short answers and multiple choice.

During Y12 students will sit internal pre-public examinations.

Practical skills will be assessed as part of the course, leading to a practical endorsement on the final certificate.

Future opportunities

Although some A level physicists go on to read for a physics degree, most follow courses in astrophysics, engineering, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. In all these disciplines physics is an important foundation.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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