Physics A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School
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.
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.
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.
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.
Successful students need to be determined, capable of understanding abstract concepts, mathematically competent and have a desire to learn a fascinating and challenging subject.
Two exams, each 1 hour 30 minutes.
Three exams, each 2 hours.
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.