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Physics AS/A Level at Boston High School

Course description

Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.

It explores questions like how did the universe begin? How will it end? What is a black hole? Is time travel possible? If you have an enquiring mind, always asking why things happen, then physics will help you find the answers. It forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the future to global well being. The career opportunities available are as vast as the subject itself due, in part, to the transferable skills gained whilst studying physics. A physics qualification is an indication of someone who has highly desirable attributes and the opportunity to exciting career prospects.

The A Level course consists of 9 periods per fortnight. Teaching time is usually divided between two teaching staff, thus using staff specialisms to the best advantage. Physics is practically based and students will be given opportunities to develop the skills required for the practical endorsement. Each week, a minimum of 4 hours Physics work should be done outside lesson time, involving reading, completing written exercises and learning. Students will be provided with text books for use at home. These text books have been produced to support this OCR course. Opportunities are given for learning through analysis, interpretation of data and other information, discussion, presentations, independent study and research. Students are expected to spend additional time in the laboratory completing practical assignments. They are also expected to use their own initiative in locating and using resources which extend and enhance their own knowledge and understanding in meeting syllabus requirements, but also gaining an awareness of Physics-related events in the wider world.

Entry requirements

You need to achieve ‐  

- A grade B or higher in GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Physics and a 5 or higher in GCSE Maths

- A genuine interest in the subject Be well motivated and actively involved in their own learning

- Be willing to contribute fully in class discussions The ability to write in a concise and precise manner and a logical and numerate mind


Year 12:

Module 1 Development of practical skills in physics (10% AS, 5% A Level weighting)
Module 2 Foundations of physics (10% AS, 5% A Level)
Module 3 Forces and motion (40% AS, 20% A Level)
Module 4 Electrons, waves and photons (40% AS, 20% A Level)

Year 13:

Module 5 Newtonian world and astrophysics (25% A Level)
Module 6 Particles and medical physics (25% A Level)
Practical endorsement in Physics (non exam component, reported separately)

Future opportunities

Where are your students now?

- Medical physicist, research scientist,

- scientific laboratory technician, radiation protection adviser,

- the armed forces and defence industry,

- aerospace, engineering, manufacturing,

- oil and gas, space exploration and telecommunications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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