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Physics A Level (OCR) at The High School for Girls

Course description

Physics is a well-respected course as it requires the application of mathematical problem solving to real-life situations. Our aim is to encourage students to develop a wide range of transferable skills while learning relevant Physics. For the one year AS level course students study forces, motion and the behaviour of materials. They also cover electricity, waves and the complex field of quantum physics. The full two year A Level course builds on the topics from the AS course. Thermal properties of materials and more complex motions are studied. Nuclear physics, medical imaging and astrophysics complete the course. A Level Physics also has a ‘practical endorsement’ for which twelve experiments are completed during the course.

Course content

Modules include: Development of practical skills in physics; foundation of physics; force and motion; electrons, waves and photons; Newtonian world and astrophysics; particles and medical physics.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved Grade As in Core and Additional Science or Grade A in Physics. Module results may be considered in exceptional cases. Ability in Mathematics is essential, as 50% of the assessment requires high level maths.

Future opportunities

Physics is an excellent foundation for many careers as it requires mathematical, practical and problem solving skills together with the use of IT. To keep a wide range of options open, it is wise to combine Physics with other Sciences and Mathematics if you are considering engineering or studying Physics further. Physicists are in short supply, so you will be in demand!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years