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Physics at King Ecgbert

Course description

Students who choose Physics will find themselves asking fundamental questions about our world, then trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. These questions might include:-    

  • How did the universe begin?
  • What are the basic building blocks of matter?

course consists of 6 modules taught over 2 years. There are also numerous practical activities required for students to gain the practical endorsement and many opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality.

The subject content is designed to be interesting and relevant providing a solid foundation for studying physics related subjects to a higher level.

Course content

Content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – Foundations of physics

Module 3 – Forces in action

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Triple physics or 7 in additional or further additional Science plus grade 6 in GCSE Maths.


The course is assessed by written examinations using a variety of assessment styles so you can confidently engage with the questions, including multiple choice, short and long answer questions:

A level (H556): Three exams in Y13 (two 2 hour 15 minute papers and one 1 hour 30 minute paper)

The students are also assessed on their practical skills through the practical endorsement.

Financial information

There is no financial requirement to this course but there will be opportunities for you to purchase a revision guide if you wish to.

Future opportunities

A Physics A Level is a highly desirable qualification for both universities and employers, and can lead to a multitude of courses including physics, engineering, medicine, finance, mathematics and chemistry. The problem solving skills needed to be successful in A Level physics are applicable to a wide range of subjects.

Further information

The physics department at KES achieve very good results – last year 85% of A2 students achieved grades A*-B. This puts the physics department results in the top 10% in the country.

We also offer exciting enhancement opportunities, including the chance to visit CERN at the end Y12 (this incurs additional cost) and the chance to take part in the Physics Olympiad.

Trips, visits and extra-curricular

CERN: In Y12 students have the opportunity of a life time to visit the international centre for particle physics in Geneva Switzerland.

Manchester University: Student also participate in the Physics Olympiad and trips such as one off days to Universities.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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