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Physics A Level at Bishop Stopford's School

Course description

Physics seeks to explain how the world and universe work. It does this by looking at universal rules that apply to everything from objects the size of Galaxies to the tiniest of sub atomic particles. The A Level course is wide ranging covering topics as diverse as:

  • The mechanics of car crashes.
  • How do we weigh the Earth (or the sun).
  • Quantum theory and the nature of light.
  • Medical Physics and Medical Imaging.
  • Thermal Physics.
  • Electricity and its control


Course content

The A Level course is linear in style with two years of study leading to the final examinations. However, AS will still make up the first year (Year 1) of the full A Level qualification.

There is a substantial component of practical physics embedded in the course. This is examined as part of the written papers, there are no coursework marks contributing to the final A Level grade.

In Year 1 (AS Level) there are five modules to be studied:-

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity.

For Year 2 of the full A Level there will be three more compulsory modules added to these:-

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics.

In addition there will be an optional module selected by the teacher from:-

• Astrophysics

• Medical physics

• Engineering physics

• Turning points in physics

• Electronics.

The course is very numerical and demands a high level of mathematical skill. Most students find it beneficial to study mathematics and or another science to at least AS Level. Students will need to have been successful in Year 1 to continue to the full A Level in Year 2.

Entry requirements

At least Grade B in GCSE in both Core and Additional Science and in Mathematics (taken at the higher tier)

Future opportunities

Not surprisingly with such a widely applicable subject, career opportunities abound with Physics qualifications in very high demand in a huge range of industries, from the obvious like engineering, medical specialism’s and the energy industry through computer programming and software engineering to business, retailing and financial industries were the understanding of the world and high numerical skills are in great demand. In addition the range of physics related university degrees is enormous. For example; Physics, Engineering (in all forms), Medical Physics, Geophysics, Oceanography, Astrophysics etc

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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