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Physics A Level at Caistor Grammar School

Course description

Studying physics at school is excellent preparation for a range of challenging and rewarding degree courses and careers both inside and out of the sciences. This is why it is one of the ‘facilitating subjects’ most frequently cited as essential for entry onto courses at Russell Group universities.

A degree in physics has been worth considerably above average for some time, and this is likely to be the case for the foreseeable future. The CBI recently stated that 43% of employers are finding it difficult to recruit workers with skills in science, engineering, maths and technology and are therefore paying a premium for them.

There are many degree courses that can be considered by a keen student taking Physics A level. For example Medicine and Medical Physics: Astrophysics and Geophysics: Electronics and Computing.

Course content

1) Measurements and their errors

2) Particles and Radiation

3) Waves

4) Mechanics and Materials

5) Electricity

6.1) Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics

6.2) Fields and their consequences

7) Nuclear Physics

8) Medical Physic

Entry requirements

For Physics a grade 6 in Physics GCSE and a grade 6 in Maths is required. Alternatively, students with grade 6 6 in Science and Additional Science at GCSE would be suitably qualified. We recommend that students also study A level Mathematics and/or another Science subject.

Assessment

Paper 1 - Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1

Written examination: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A level. 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 2 - Sections 6.2, 7 and 8 ( Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1)

Written examination: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A level. 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 3 - 

Section A Compulsory section: practical skills and data analysis

Section B Medical Physics

Written examination 2 hours, 80 marks, 32% of A level. 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caistor Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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