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Physics A Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

A Level Syllabus: Edexcel

How can things be in two places at once? Is time travel possible? What are the most fundamental bits of the Universe? How do every day machines work? The world is a bewilderingly complex place but, amazingly, it can be understood by using a small number of fundamental principles, particles and forces that govern their interactions.

In A level physics we take the first real steps in understanding the bigger picture of what we are and the first steps in becoming a master of the theories we use to predict and understand how everything is linked together. A number of our students have gone on to study physics related degrees at prestigious universities such as Cambridge and Manchester.

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • Practical skills
  • Analytical and logical problem solving skills
  • An increasing awareness of how the universe works

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Have an interest in, and enjoy, Physics
  • Want to find out about how things work in the physical world
  • Enjoy applying their mind to solving problems
  • Enjoy carrying out investigations

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Visits to reinforce your understanding of Physics

Course content

A Level

The A Level content is split into 13 areas of study:

  1. Working as a Physicist
  2. Mechanics
  3. Electric Circuits
  4. Materials
  5. Waves and the Particle Nature of Light
  6. Further Mechanics
  7. Electric and Magnetic Fields
  8. Nuclear and Particle Physics
  9. Thermodynamics
  10. Space
  11. Nuclear Radiation
  12. Gravitational Fields
  13. Oscillations


Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


Three external written examinations at the end of the A Level course:

  • Paper 1 (1 hour 45 mins) 30% of A Level
  • Paper 2 (1 hour 45 mins) 30% of A Level
  • Paper 3 (2 hours 30 mins) 40% of A Level

Future opportunities

An A Level in Physics is highly desirable for many careers or professions. It leads to a wide range of career options, such as:

  • Engineering 
  • Medicine 
  • Veterinary Science 
  • Dentistry 
  • Architecture
  • Management 
  • Research 
  • Geophysics 
  • Geology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 December 2017

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