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Physics AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

A Level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and enables students to relate concepts and skills of physics to real life applications, such as the use of resonance in the design and structure of bridges and also the study of particle physics which has recently led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle. Students will also get to study optional topics which particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

Course content

Students follow the AQA Physics A Level course. The specification covers classical mechanics, theoretical physics and applications of physics within communication and imaging systems. Students undertake research projects, presentations and practical assessment which help to develop their practical and independent thinking skills as well as contributing towards their final grades alongside the exam papers. Students can also challenge themselves through the Physics Olympiad with the aim of representing Great Britain in the International Physics Olympiad.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Mathematics at Grade B or better and English Language at grade C or better
  • GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade BB or better or Triple Science at grade BB or better

Future opportunities

A Level Physics students have progressed onto courses in Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and the various allied Health Professional courses such Radiography. The numeracy, literacy, problem to branch into any other field of study or work

Further information

Further Reading:

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics - Richard P. Feynman

Basics of Atomic Physics - Pankaj Jha

The Universe in a Nutshell - Stephen Hawkings

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics - David J Griffiths

The Making of the Atomic Bomb

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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