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Physics A level at The Littlehampton Academy

Course description

Why are skies blue and sunsets red? What causes tides? Why are there dimples in a golf ball? Does the water really go down the plughole the other way in Australia? Anyone who is curious about the world around them and wants to know why things are the way they are will enjoy physics. Alternatively, you may simply need a physics qualification to complement your other science subjects. Students with a high level of mathematical, computing and organisational skills will gain most from the course.

Course content

During the AS Year the course involves the study of mechanics (motion, forces, energy and power) and materials (flow of liquids, properties of materials; Young’s’ modulus and elastic strain energy) and waves (including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and stationary waves), electricity (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and its applications) and the wave/particle nature of light.

The second year develops on these themes, including the study of further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric and magnetic fields electro-magnetic induction and its applications, cosmology (the study of space and the origins of the universe), thermal and particle physics, which involves the acceleration and detection of high-energy particles.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade B Additional Science or B Triple Science (must be in the examined unit as well as overall). Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.


68% written exam, 33% practical skills exam.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is a route into numerous careers: engineering, medical physics, meteorology, computing, materials science, civil service, communications, environmental work, education, geophysics, economic modeling in the City, etc. The skills you learn in a physics-based degree are in short supply in the UK and are highly prized in our technological and computer-based economy and as such university graduates with a Physics based degree often earn salaries significantly higher than the average graduate wage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Littlehampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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