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Physics A-Level at Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Course description

Physics is a highly regarded and well respected subject at A level. It is stimulating and challenging while developing skills in logical thought and Mathematical rigour.

The course is designed to form strong scientific investigative skills while introducing students to the wonderful world of Physics. At AS the course covers the more traditional mechanics, materials, waves and electricity modules as well as introducing students to particle and quantum phenomena. At A2 the course goes on to study fields and further mechanics. At both AS and A2 the course includes a practical skills assessment in the form of an ISA investigation and examination.

Progression to Career/ University Courses:

A-level Physics is an important qualification for many careers.

Some students go on to study Physics at University. This may lead to a career in research and development, either in a University or in industry.

Perhaps the majority of those who study A-level Physics do so in order to apply their Physics knowledge in another subject area at University. Examples of this are the many branches of applied Mathematics, Engineering, Electronics and Meteorology. For these careers, A-level Physics is essential.

Another group of students choose to study Physics because they feel that it will be useful even if not essential for their career. Those intending to follow a career in Medicine or Biochemistry fall into this category.

The remainder are going to follow a career in a completely unrelated area such as Law or Accountancy. This group of students may have chosen Physics simply because they enjoy it or because they know that it is highly regarded by Universities as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thought.

Key Points:

For further progression onto university Physics or Engineering courses, the study of GCE Mathematics and another science would be supportive.

Entry requirements

Students (external and internal) wishing to join the Sixth Form at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School will usually be expected to have achieved a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A*- B, including Mathematics and English Language with a minimum average points score of 48 from her best 6 subjects.  Students should preferably have achieved A* or A in the subjects they wish to study at A Level, but with a minimum of grade B. Subjects which are not GCSEs but deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs are not accepted.  The Headteacher reserves the right to make the final decision on the application of this criteria.

Subject Specific Criteria:

Minimum Grade A at GCSE is usually required due to demand for places

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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