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Physics Linear A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

Studying Physics develops your ability to analyse and solve problems theoretically and practically in many situations. It develops your ability to comprehend and communicate ideas orally and in writing and enables you to translate information to and from prose, graphs, numerical data and diagrams. A Level Physics is a good preparation for nearly every career because it teaches you to think clearly and analytically. The new specification is divided into topics covering the key theories of Physics.

Course content

AS Key Learning: At AS Level, students will examine physical measurement, classical mechanics, circuits, particle physics, waves and quantum phenomena. Practical work is embedded in the teaching approach – you should expect to carry out at least one practical each week.

A2 Key Learning: At A Level the course covers the topics above with the addition of thermal physics, fields and nuclear physics. Students will also cover an optional topic from the selection of Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Turning Points in Physics, Engineering, Physics and Electronics.

Entry requirements

GCSE/IGCSE/Edexcel Certificate or equivalent Level 2 qualifications as detailed - Grade A Science and Grade A Additional Science, or an average B in Separate Sciences with A in Physics and Grade B Mathematics


Assessment: Two written papers which include questions relating to practical work.

Assessment: Three written papers.

Future opportunities

Students have gone on to read Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Computer Science, Business and many other areas. Physics students go on to work in a wide variety of fields, from Engineering to Finance, due to the depth and breadth of skills they develop

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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