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Physics - A Level at Dinnington High School

Course description

Level 3 Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Course content

Year 1

• Measurements and their errors

• Particles and radiation

• Waves • Mechanics and energy

• Electricity

Year 2

• Further mechanics and thermal physics

• Fields

• Nuclear physics

Plus one option from the following: Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics, or Electronics.

Practical’s Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

• Investigating interference and diffraction of laser light

• Measuring acceleration due to gravity

• Investigating systems that oscillate

• Investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure

• Safe use of ionising radiation

• Investigating magnetic fields.

These practical’s will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Entry requirements

Must have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above (or equivalent), English Grade 5 or above and Maths Grade 6 or above.

Grade B is highly recommended in GCSE Physics or Additional Science.

Consideration will be given to students achieving a C grade in Physics or Additional Science or a Grade 5 in Maths on an individual basis, based on their circumstance and what is in their best interest.


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practical’s will be assessed. There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Physics are based on what you learned in your practical’s.

Future opportunities

Possible degree options according to, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A- level in Physics are: Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Economics and Business. Possible career options studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: Geophysicist/field seismologist, Healthcare scientist, medical physics, Higher education lecturer, Radiation protection practitioner, Research scientist (physical sciences), scientific laboratory technician, Secondary school teacher, Meteorologist, Structural engineer, Acoustic engineer, Product/ process development scientist, Systems developer and Technical author. You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

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: 05 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr N Frost
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01909 550066
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • We are located by the side of a local college and on a major bus route, from Worksop and Rotherham.  Buses also run regularly from Sheffield.