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Physics A Level at Vyners School

Course description

In Physics there will be opportunities for you to:

  • study and apply physics relevant in the real world,
  • meet entirely new ideas and ways of thinking,
  • develop practical and data analysis skills,
  • see how physics links to other sciences and mathematics,
  • use your imagination,
  • place physics in a social and historical context and argue about the issues that arise,
  • use information and communication technology,
  • study optional topics that will be of special interest.

The A level Physics course provides seamless progression from the GCSE qualification.

Course content

Core content

  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


There are five optional topics as part of the full A Level course so you can focus on your areas of interest:

  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical physics
  3. Engineering physics
  4. Turning points in physics
  5. Electronics

Entry requirements

BB Double Science.

At least 2 Bs in Triple Science, one of which must be in Physics, and B in Maths.


You will be assessed on the physics skills and knowledge you have developed during the course.

The exams include:

  • specified content tested in each of the first two papers
  • multiple choice questions are included
  • you will do a minimum of 12 practical experiments across the A Level course
  • questions in the exam papers will test your knowledge and understanding of your practical work
  • you will be awarded an A Level grade based on your exams, and a 'pass' or 'fail' for practical work in lessons.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is a demanding course, but the qualification is correspondingly valuable.

For those who intend to go on to Higher Education, it leads to degree courses in the Physical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Mathematics, as well as most Technological and Applied Science courses.

Those who decide to seek employment at 18+ could find openings in industry, telecommunications, scientific civil service, ‘service’ industries, medical physics, etc. Some find their qualification in Physics valuable in areas not usually connected with science.

Physics also provides a useful background for leisure activities such as astronomy, music and electronics. The course will appeal to, and provide for, all students, whether they anticipate achieving a grade E or a grade A.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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