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Physics A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

The course covers the following topics: electricity, mechanics, particles, light, quantum theory, wave properties, radioactivity, gravitational and electrical fields. The course will involve students doing practical work and there are practical assessments during the year. There is an optional unit in the A2 course. This may be on astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics or turning points in physics. The course is taught through practical sessions, discussions, demonstrations, group work, presentations, calculations and background reading.  

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus 2 B’s in Sciences + B in Maths



  • Paper 1 (50%) 70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic.
  • Paper 2 (50%) 40 marks of short and long answer questions followed by 30 multiple choice questions


  • Paper 1 (34%) Year 1 A-level Content
  • Paper 2 (34%) Year 2 A-level Content
  • Paper 3 (32%) Practical Skills Questions on option module.

Practical Endorsement

12 Set Practicals to be completed over the 2 years (and recorded in a lab-book). Completion of these practicals will result in the ‘A-level Practical endorsement’ in addition to your overall grade.

Future opportunities

Physics is a fantastic choice at A-level as it is a challenging subject, meaning universities look favourably on candidates with this qualification. Direct paths into computer science, astrophysics, astronomy, natural science, geophysics, medicine, engineering and other related fields are obvious. The practical, mathematical and analytical skills used are also relevant to a wide range of other fields where you can make use of these skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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