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A Level Physics at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

From September 2015 EWS will be introducing the new linear AQA A Specification (code 7407, 7408) in conjunction with the larger overall changes to the A-level curricula.

The study of Physics is huge in its scope, through attempting to understand the nature of energy and matter – in other words, it covers almost everything. From the unimaginably small components of matter to the mind-blowing vastness of the universe, we will give you a broad overview of the core ideas that underlie Physics and the advances we have made in understanding them.

Course content


    ‘Particles, Electricity and Quantum Phenomena’

    ‘Mechanics, Materials and Waves’


    ‘Fields and Further Mechanics’

    ‘Nuclear and Thermal Physics’

Entry requirements

Studied Further Science? You will need an average B grade from Further and Additional Science


Studied Core and Additional Science? You will need a B grade from Core and Additional Science, or a C grade in Core and an A grade in Additional Science.

A minimum grade B in Maths will also be required in order to study Physics at A-Level


There are four examined modules: two at AS, two at A2. A practical assessment in the form of an EMPA or an ISA will also be taken in each of the 2 years of the course.

Future opportunities

A pass in Physics allow progression in university for Pure Physics degrees such as Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics and Geophysics and is essential for many careers including those in science, engineering and the medical field. Physics is a highly regarded A level, whatever your future choice of career. Physics graduates are highly valued for their problem-solving and logical approach. Some example of other careers open to you includes: architecture, banking and finance, economics, law, merchant banking, oceanography, photography, cartography, science broadcasting or journalism, computer-aided design, quantity surveying, graphic art and technical jobs in media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years