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Physics at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

2015 sees the start of big changes to A-level physics courses. We will be following AQA Physics. This course has identical content for both AS and A-level.

In AS and 1st year A-level we will cover units on:

1.    Measurements and their errors

2.    Particles and radiation

3.    Waves

4.    Mechanics and energy

5.    Electricity

In the second year of A-level we will cover:

6.    Further mechanics and thermal physics

7.    Fields

8.    Nuclear physics

9.    An optional topic chosen from

a)    Astrophysics

b)    Medical Physics

c)    Engineering physics

d)    Turning points in physics

e)    Electronics

There will be a significant change in the way practical skills are assessed. The practical exam and the internally assessed ISA have been removed. Practical skills questions will now be included in one of the final exam papers. In addition practical activities will be assessed throughout the course (a minimum of 12 at A-level) and students reaching a high enough standard will receive an endorsement on their certificate to recognise their practical competence. These experiments will in no way contribute to their final exam grade.

The new specification puts more emphasis on the role of practical activities in improving the understanding of physics concepts. At Old Swinford we will fully adopt this approach as well as fostering a real enjoyment of this fascinating and challenging subject. Students can expect to be fully supported throughout the course whilst having their independent learning skills developed.

Teachers of physics at Old Swinford love their subject and we hope you will too.


A Level Physics continues to be highly regarded by university admissions tutors as it presents the intellectual challenge that develops students reasoning and problem solving skills. The course is taught by specialist teachers and is practically based. It would be an advantage to also take ‘AS’ level mathematics although this is not essential.

What next…

Advanced level Physics opens up a huge variety of routes through university. Common degree subjects taken by A level Physicists include Medicine, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics and of course, most science courses, it is an essencial entry requirement for engineering..


Close links have been forged with the University of Birmingham and students have the opportunity to attend regular lectures and workshops. The Physics department also supports students, throughout the course with for example regular revision and help clinics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.