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Physics A Level at South Axholme Academy

Course description

Physicists and astronomers explore the limits of our universe, develop the knowledge to inform our understanding of the world we live in and advance our technical capabilities through the study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. This energy can take the form of motion, light, electricity, radiation and gravity. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles (i.e. the particles that make up the atom and the particles that make up those particles) to stars and even entire galaxies.

As well as giving a solid foundation of the main physics concepts required for further study, this course greatly develops students' mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills which are highly sought after by employers.

Course content

A range of physical concepts – from particles, waves, electricity and magnetism, through to mechanics, materials, nuclear physics and radiation.

Entry requirements

A level Physics requires at least grades BB in Core and Additional Science or grade B in GCSE Physics and a B in Maths, having studied the higher tier content for these exams.


This is a linear qualification, with the full two years of study assessed at the end of Year 13 in the form of three, two-hour long written exam papers. These will consist of a range of short and long answer questions as well as multiple-choice style questions, with the outcome of these exams determining their final A-level grade.

As part of their course, students will also be required to demonstrate competence in a set of compulsory practical activities in order to achieve the Practical Endorsement required for further study of Physics at University.

Future opportunities

There are many careers that utilise the knowledge and skills gained in Physics. These include medical physics, computer science, nuclear technology, space science, geological surveys, weather forecasting and many more. Physics may also be taken by students wishing to diversify their skill set for their higher education application, as it is viewed as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Axholme Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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