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Physics AS/A Level at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Physics deals with profound questions about the universe. It uses theories, concepts and observations to help us model and understand the natural phenomena around us. Physics is a subject that is continually evolving and, in addition we think thatsthe AS/A2 course content will help you learn about some of the most important technological and environmental issues of our time. 

Course content

During the course you can expect to develop your skills of problem-solving, reasoning, use of ICT and independent learning. Key lesson activities include practical work, group discussions, individual and group work, problem solving and research.

Year 1 AS Level:

You will study the new AQA Physics specification

  • Particles and Radiation
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Phenomena
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electricity
  • Meaurements and their errors

Year 2 A2 Level:

You will study all of the content above, plus

  • Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Turning points in Physics


Entry requirements

GCSE grades: BB in science, 6 in maths, 6 in English. To study the A2 course you will need to have achieved at least a D grade at AS level. 

Future opportunities

Students with physics qualifications are sought after and graduates in physics-related subjects are comparatively well-paid. Courses followed by past students include civil engineering, music, medicine, geophysics, law, sound technology, mechanical engineering and environmental science. With developing global issues, such as energy generation and environmental conservation, the prospects for students with physics qualifications can only get better.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northallerton School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016

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