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A Level Physics at Great Sankey High School

Course description

Physics is an exciting area of science. It attempts to explain everything from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest galaxies in the universe. It involves living as well as non-living things. Through Physics we begin to understand why things behave as they do and with Physics we attempt to solve interesting and important scientific, practical and social problems.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Particle physics, quantum theory and electricity

Unit 2 – Mechanics and waves

A2 Level

Unit 4 - Further mechanics, waves and fields

Unit 5 - Nuclear instability, thermal physics and turning points in physics

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course. Students must also have either, a B grade in GCSE Physics or an A grade in Additional Science with B grades in both GCSE Math's and English Language due to the demanding nature of the course. Students wishing to follow this course will need to have an interest and capability in both Science and Mathematics that is considerably higher than average. An aptitude for Mathematics is also important and students who don’t take AS Maths will be encouraged to take the ‘Maths for Scientists’ course early in Year 12


AS is assessed through two 1h 30m external exam papers. The full A-level is assessed through three 2h exam papers which must be sat at the end of Y13. Practical work is carried out throughout the course, but knowledge of experimental work is assessed through the written exams.

Future opportunities

Physics is at an exciting stage of development with many university departments offering courses in many areas of Physics where research is taking place. Communications, Cosmology and Nuclear Research are some examples. However, study of Physics at A level is also extremely useful for students wishing to progress in many other related fields.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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