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Physics A Level at St Joseph's College

Course description

The course consists of six modules covering; Development of practical skills in physics, Foundations of Physics (physical quantities and units, measurements and uncertainties), Forces and Motion (forces and motion, forces in action, Work,, energy and power, materials, Newton’s Laws), Electrons, waves and photons, The Newtonian World & Astrophysics, and Particles and Medical Physics.

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that you gained in GCSE Additional Science and GCSE Physics. An enthusiasm for the subject, a commitment to study and good analytical skills are required. Students will sit an entry test in the first week of year 12 which they need to pass to secure a their place on the course.

Course content


  • Development of practical skills
  • Foundations in Physics
  • Motion and materials
  • Electrons, waves and photons
  • Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

  • 6+ in GCSE Physics (if studied)
  • 7/6 in core and additional science (if studied)
  • 6+ in GCSE Maths and English


Paper 1: Modelling physics (2h 15m) 100 mark

Paper 2: Exploring physics (2h 15m) 100 marks

Paper 3: Unified physics (1h 30m) 70 marks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's College directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years