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Physics A Level at Carmel College

Course description

Physics is a key part of science and technology and it appeals to those people who want to understand the world around them. The course delivers physics in a stimulating manner whilst ensuring that the basics necessary for further study are covered. Astrophysics, particle physics, quantum physics and technological applications such as medical physics are some of the areas that you will find particularly enjoyable.

Course content

Over the two years you will study the following modules:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics
  9. Astrophysics

You will be given a full set of resources which include many practice questions that will allow you to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the content covered. Regular laboratory sessions will help to develop your practical and data analysis skills which are invaluable for physics related careers. Your progress will be very closely monitored with regular assignments and end of topic tests. You are advised to study A Level Mathematics alongside A Level Physics.

Entry requirements

You will need a grade B in GCSE Physics or BB in two academic GCSE Sciences (not Applied) plus grade B in GCSE Maths and grade C in GCSE English Language.


Exam Board - AQA

A Level Physics is a linear course so assessment will take place at the end of the two years. This will consist of three exam papers based on the nine modules, practical skills and data analysis. There is a practical element to the course and the students must complete a minimum of 12 practical tasks over the two years. This forms the practical endorsement on your exam certificate.

Future opportunities

Physics is a fascinating subject to study at higher level and Physics graduates are in demand because of their analytical and problem solving skills. Physics is an essential requirement for a number of careers and in the past our students have entered a broad range of areas including engineering, medicine, architecture, computer science as well as physics.

Further information

A wide range of support and guidance will be available to help you achieve the very best you can. You will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of extracurricular activities. In recent years, excursions have included visits to London, Jodrell Bank and CERN.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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