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Physics A Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

We study the Edexcel context led course; we study the Physics in relation to real life situations. From sweet manufacture to replacement joints, quarks and leptons to crash proofing our cars, archaeological digs to earthquake detection - it's amazing where you can find Physics.

Course content

There are 3 units to the 2 year A level course.  Full details can be found in the Assessment section.

Entry requirements

To study A level Physics you will need to have a Grade 7 in Mathematics and either Grade 7 in Physics or 8-7 in Combined Science.

Any student who wishes to study Physics but who is not taking A level Mathematics must also study the Mathematics in Context (Core Maths).


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at A*-B (5+) inlcuding English Language and Mathematics.




There are 3 units:

Unit 1 (30%) Written Examination (1hr 45mins)
- Working as a Physicist
- Mechanics
- Electric Circuits
- Further Mechanics
- Electric and Magnetic Fields
- Nuclear and Particle Physics

Unit 2 (30%) Written Examination (1hr 45mins)
- Working as a Physicists
- Materials
- Waves and Paricle Nature of Light
- Thermodynamics
- Space
- Nuclear Radiation
- Gravitational Fields
- Oscillations

Unit 3 (40%) Written Exam (2hr 30mins)
- Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in the specification.
- The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical
- Understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will down on students' experience of the core practicals.

Future opportunities

Physics complements a range of other subjects, including Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Design Technology, Geography and Economics. It is a well respected subject which requires you to be committed, determined and motivated. It is, therefore, an ideal subject to have on any university or job application. Studying Physics could lead to a career as a astrophysicist, radiographer, engineer (mechanical, electrical, sports, space), accountant, geophysicist…. the possibilities are endless.

Further information

If you wish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details can be found on the school website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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