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Physics AS/A Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

Physics A level is a course which fulfils the answers to questions as to why things happen in our everyday experience on Earth and in the rest of the Universe.  It whets the appetite of alert minds to learn beyond A level Physics and apply their detailed knowledge to improve the technology and understanding in our society. Physics A level opens the door to many varied career opportunities such as research into materials and electronics, sound studio design, medical equipment development and also all astronomy related careers such as the latest one of galactic architecture.

Physicists will be found in all organisations and industries including those dealing with finance – here it is the attention to detail that matters. Also you may have heard that the Higgs boson—the particle that give us mass- is being researched by Physicists. The examining board has produced a clear and varied syllabus and there will be much support online for students and teachers. The course publishers are expected to produce excellent textbooks and CDs both for learning and revision. Students joining AS and A level are required to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or above at GCSE level in order to be accepted on to the course. After A level many of our students go on to study for a Physics-related degree or engineering degree at university.


Course content

Module 1: Practical skills:                                                       

This involves the development of practical skills throughout the course and is assessed through  written examinations rather than as a specific practical examination.

Module 2: Foundations of Physics:

To be able to analyse Physics and synthesise knowledge numerically, this module covers the understanding of physical quantities and units as well as making measurements and analysing data.   

 Module 3: Forces and Motion:

The specific topics covered here are motion, forces in action, work energy and power, materials and Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.

Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons:

This module covers charge and current, energy, power and resistance. This understanding of electricity is then applied to electrical circuits. The next section of this module goes on to cover the Physics of Waves and the topic of quantum physics.

Module 5:  Newtonian World and Astrophysics:                                                                

This covers thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields  as well as the expected astrophysics and cosmology.

Module 6:  Particles and Medical Physics:

In this module capacitors are covered as well as electric fields. In addition electromagnetism,  Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics are studied. Finally, medical imaging is included. 




Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or above at GCSE level in order to be accepted on to the course.



Breadth in Physics

70 marks - 1hour 30 minutes written paper

50% of total AS level

Depth in Physics

70 marks - 1hour 30 minutes written paper

50% of total AS level

For those students sitting A level Physics the work done in the six modules (four AS and two A level modules) is examined through three written examinations










Future opportunities

Physics A-level is a qualification which can open the door to many varied career opportunities.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2015
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

      The school respects the unique contribution which every individual can make to the community and seeks to place this contribution within a clear structure which both embraces the highest possible academic aspirations and accepts individual differences in ability, aptitude and level of skills. Saint Cecilia’s is primarily a learning community and its culture of teaching and learning unlocks pupils’ potential for self-fulfillment and prepares them to take their place within adult life as well-rounded responsible and caring people.

      At the heart of the school is its Christian foundation, where Jesus Christ is reflected in every aspect of school life. This is true in the relationships we build, the choices we make, the attitudes we adopt and the goals for which we strive, and as a Christian school we are proud to declare that we exist to “Glorify God Through Outstanding, Enjoyable Education”.

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      Indeed, we want all pupils to look back on their time at this school as the happiest time of their lives; this is what we strive for day in and day out. Our success is also built on the excellent partnerships developed with parents and carers, through which we can promote the kind of education that enables our pupils to prosper and receive the very best educational opportunities.

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