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Physics A Level at St Benedict's Catholic School

Course description

Physics AS and A level are taught in both practical and theoretical lessons. Experiments reflect the topics being taught wherever possible and are chosen to specifically develop skills practical skills and the scientific method.

Course content

Modules 1 to 4 cover the same material as the AS course but in addition to this the A level includes two further units:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2: Foundations of physics
The aim of this module is to introduce important conventions and ideas that permeate the fabric of physics. Topics include SI units, scalars and vectors.

Module 3: Forces and motion
In this module, students will learn how to model the motion of objects using mathematics, understand the effect forces have on objects, learn about the important connection between force and energy, appreciate how forces cause deformation and understand the importance of Newton’s laws of motion.

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
Module 4 covers a wide range of physics including electrons, electric current electrical circuits, wave properties, electromagnetic waves and quantum physics.

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Students discover the laws relating to and governing thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics and cosmology.

Module 6: Particles and medical physics
Topics in this module include capacitance, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, particle physics and medical imaging.

Entry requirements

Grade A in Physics Triple or Additional Science and a level 7 in Mathematics.


Paper 1 Modelling physics 100 marks 135 minutes 37% of total A

Paper 2 Exploring physics 100 marks 135 minutes 37% of total A

Paper 3 Unified physics 70 marks 90 minutes 26% of total A

Practical Endorsement In Physics Non-exam Reported separately

Future opportunities

Studying physics leads to many different careers but also helps to develop a methodical approach to solving problems. It is an A level which is highly respected by employers and possible careers include medicine & clinical scientists, engineering – mechanical, electrical, civil etc, sound engineering & television production, weather forecasting, climatology, meteorology, geophysicists, banking, optometry, nuclear physics, patent & trademark law, computer programmers, marine engineers, vehicle design & architecture – and not to mention research areas including astrophysics, quantum mechanics, high energy physics, solid state physics and so on. The list of careers where physics A level is of use is endless and if none of that appeals – perhaps a career as a TV scientist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017
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