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Physics A-Level at The Nottingham Emmanuel School

Course description

Physics is a key Science which is crucial for understanding and developing technologies associated with Engineering through to Medicine. Physics is commonly matched with another Science such as Chemistry and with Maths. Furthermore, you will find it a valuable addition to broaden your education if you choose Geography, a foreign language (particularly useful for working throughout the EU), Music and Psychology.

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At AS you will develop practical skills in using instruments and taking measurements as well as studying the theory of Quantum Physics, Mechanics and the properties of solids. In the first year there are two theory units to be studied. Paper 1 will be examined with paper 2 in June. Practical skills will be developed throughout the course through the teaching of the two theory modules. These skills will then be assessed through papers 1 and 2. This is a standalone qualification.


In Year 13 you will continue to develop your practical skills and will study, amongst other topics, Waves and Nuclear Instability. There are three papers, each 2 hours long which will be taken in June.

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Additional Science or Physics across all the written modules and also have a Grade B in Maths.

Future opportunities

Physics A Level naturally leads on to a degree in Physics, also in Astrophysics, Medicine, Computer Science, Electronics, Engineering, Geophysics and careers in stage, theatre and media technology, space exploration and beyond.

Further information

Physics does involve an element of Applied Maths and therefore a competence at Maths would be demonstrated by a grade B at Maths GCSE. Most students wishing to complete the A level in Physics will be studying at least one other Science and also Maths at A level. If you enjoy finding out how the laws of our Universe were established and are constantly challenged, want to know the “how and why” of technologies and instrumentations and to delve into the abstract, then this is the Science for you.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2015

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