Physics A Level at Aylesbury High School
Why study Physics?
Physics is a fascinating subject that tries to explain how the world works – from an appreciation of how motion occurs to the existence of antimatter. You may need to study Physics for your future career or university course but equally you may want to study it purely for enjoyment alongside any other subject.
There are 6 modules:
Module 1 Development of practical skills in Physics
Module 2 Electrons, waves and photons
Module 3 Foundations of Physics
Module 4 Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 5 Forces and motion
Module 6 Particles and medical physics
In addition to normal timetabled lessons, students are expected to spend time outside lessons completing set homework, recording and analysing experimental work, studying appropriate sections of the text book, expanding on notes taken in lessons and following up individual research.
Practical skills will be taught alongside the theoretical content.
You need a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Physics or achieved the equivalent of at least two Grade 6s in the Physics component of the qualification (averaged a grade 6 or above in the two Physics modules taken in both exams) if you have taken a double science qualification. You must have shown an aptitude for Physics and ideally you should also be competent at Mathematics. It is not essential to study A Level Mathematics if you take Physics at A Level though it would be advantageous, but it is necessary if you are likely to study any Physics-related degree course.
Paper 1 2 ¼ hours
Paper 2 2 ¼ hours
Paper 3 1 ½ hours
Practical skills are assessed in the question papers and there is also a practical endorsement certificate with a pass/fail mark assessed by the centre, based on at least 12 experiments which is reported separately to the A Level grade. Maths and experimental skills are tested in each written paper.
There are no additional costs though there might be an optional trip to CERN in Geneva at around £250.
A sound background in mathematical methods is desirable. ICT is used significantly for analysis, modelling and research. You will need to work methodically and think logically.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.