A Level Physics at St Mary's RC High School
Physics is the study of the physical world, attempting to explain how it behaves. It is also a science
which has a certain logical, sometimes mathematical, approach to problems. We will look at some
fascinating ideas about tiny subatomic particles to immense stars and Galaxies.
Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Light, Forces, Energy, Radioactivity and Space
These areas of study form the basis of the topics studied at A level but there are some wholly new areas.
It is obvious, at GCSE, especially in Additional Science, that calculations play an important role in Physics.
To be successful at Physics students must be comfortable with calculations. The maths required in AS
Physics is not new maths, just the standard procedures done at GCSE. Small amounts of new
mathematical ideas are required at A2 level but these are taught as part of the course. It is not essential
that students also study A level Maths and several of our best students have not done so. Students
must however, be competent mathematicians. A student wishing to do a degree in Physics will,
generally, but not always, need to have studied Maths to A level.
Specification: AQA: Physics A. Go to www.aqa.org.uk follow the links to GCE Specification, under new
GCE’s (new in 2008).
Student wishing to take Physics at A level should have achieved a minimum grades B in Physics (Triple
Science) or grade B in Additional Science and at least a grade B in Maths.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.