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Physics AS/A2 Level at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Physics is the study of the physical world, attempting to explain how it behaves. It is also a science which has a certain logical, sometimes mathematical, approach to problems. We will look at some fascinating ideas about tiny subatomic particles to immense stars and Galaxies.

Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Light, Forces, Energy, Radioactivity and Space

These areas of study form the basis of the topics studied at A level but there are some wholly new areas.

It is obvious, at GCSE, especially in Additional Science, that calculations play an important role in Physics.

To be successful at Physics students must be comfortable with calculations. The maths required in AS Physics is not new maths, just the standard procedures done at GCSE. Small amounts of new mathematical ideas are required at A2 level but these are taught as part of the course.

The study of Physics will train students to have an analytical way of looking and dealing with facts that is often valued in many other situations not directly relevant to Physics like the stock market and finance in general.


Entry requirements

Student wishing to take Physics at A level should have achieved a minimum grades B in Physics (TripleScience) or grade B in Science and Additional Science. All applicants must also achieve at least grade B in Mathematics.

It is not essential that students also study A level Maths and several of our best students have not done so. Students must however, be competent mathematicians. A student wishing to do a degree in Physics will, generally, but not always, need to have studied Maths to A level.


Future opportunities

What could A level Physics allow me to do? The career prospects that follow from Physics are very varied and depend largely on the combination of subjects followed at A level and subsequent study.

  • Physics itself directly relates to all branches of engineering,
  • It is also relevant to medicine, many branches of which rely on Physics ideas: Fibre Optics; Ultrasound; X ray; Radioactive Sensing and many varied types of diagnostic imaging. (Hospitals have a Medical Physics section).
  • Semiconductors and electronics, geology, metallurgy and nuclear work all directly apply to Physics.
  • Physics research is linked to areas like astronomy, particle physics, lasers, communications and the behaviour of solids in magnetic fields, at the extremes of temperature and pressure, and their electrical properties.
  • Architecture
  • The study of the weather and climate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years