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Physics A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

The application of scientific knowledge in modern technology and medicine affects every aspect of our lives, and a widespread understanding of science is vital for any modern society. All three A Level sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) place an emphasis upon the understanding of scientific principles and their applications in everyday life, and all involve a large element of practical work. 

Physics is so relevant to everyday life and a qualification in Physics really impresses Universities and Employers; it shows that you have analytical and numerical skills, you are a logical thinker and that you can work with other people to solve problems and communicate explanations. All of these skills are highly valued and they are transferable into every university course and occupation.

Course content

Topics studied

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

And an option from:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

You will be expected to have achieved a GCSE grade A minimum in Physics or a GCSE grade A minimum in both Science and Additional Science on the higher papers if you have studied the dual award. Whilst A level in Mathematics provides good support for Physics it is not essential, however you must be mathematically confident and competent.


There will be three 2 hour exam papers covering all areas of the course. There is no practical element, however, students will have an exam paper asking them about set experiments they have carried out during the year. This will include questions on methods and data analysis

Future opportunities

A good physics grade is highly respected by all universities and employers. It is relevant for anyone wishing to follow degree courses in Architecture, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Bio-Physics, Chemistry, Dentistry, Engineering, Geophysics, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Nanotechnology, Optics, Veterinary Science and other related disciplines. However, it is also valued in Business, Economics, Law, Languages and Politics amongst others, as an indication of good analytical skills and logical thought processing, sound organisation, tenacity and determination.

You can do anything with a physics qualification!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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