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Physics A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Physics studies the way the universe works. It looks at practical issues such as the effects of forces, how electrical and magnetic fields can be used and concepts such as waves. It also looks at the “big” questions such as how the universe began... and how it will end. 

Course content

AS Level:

Students study the abstract world of particles, learn what Quantum Theory is about, develop an understanding of electrical circuits, study mechanics (which is the theory behind all movement and forms of transport), investigate the properties of materials and develop an understanding of waves.

A Level:

The two-year A-Level course includes all the topics mentioned above and also covers force fields, momentum, oscillatory motion and circular motion, nuclear physics, heat and astrophysics.

Entry requirements

An average of a GCSE Grade B:

• from the AQA examined modules Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2

• or the equivalent examined modules from another exam board.


Student Attributes

Successful students need to be determined, capable of understanding abstract concepts, mathematically competent and have a desire to learn a fascinating and challenging subject.



AS Level:

Two exams, each 1 hour 30 minutes.

A Level:

Three exams, each 2 hours.

Future opportunities

There are many university courses and careers which are Physics based and the study of Engineering at university level will require Physics. There are opportunities for Physicists in the Nuclear Industry, in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Astronomy.

The intellectual demands of Physics are well recognised and universities will often look very favourably on a Physics qualification even when applying for non-science-related courses. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson Thomlinson School directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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