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Physics A level at Nottingham Girl's Academy

Course description

For students who like to solve problems and answer challenging questions about the physical world around them.

This is an essential course for anyone who is interested in finding out about the world around them from the smallest particle to the entire universe.

Course content

The course looks at and connects the following topics: Newtonian mechanics, energy, electricity, magnetism, photons, quantum universe, cosmology, nuclear, medical, thermal and particle physics.

Units covered at AS

  • Forces and motion.
  • Foundation in Physics.
  • Electrons, photons and quantum mechanics.
  • Practical skills in Physics.

Additional units covered at A level

  • Newtonian world and astrophysics.
  • Particles and medical Physics.
  • Practical skills in Physics.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including B grade or above in English, mathematics, B in Double Award science.


  • Weekly homework activities to extend and apply knowledge gained in lessons.
  • End-of-chapter and unit exanimations to build examination technique.
  • AS Physics (year 1) will be assessed through two examinations: Modelling (50%) and Exploring (50%). Both exams cover the foundations of physics, forces and motion, electrons, waves and photons combined with practical skill questions.
  • A level (year 2) Physics is assessed at the end of the second year through three examinations: Modelling (37%), Exploring (37%) and Unified physics (26%) covering topics from Year 1 with additional studies of the Newtonian World, astrophysics, particle and medical physics combined with practical skill question.

Future opportunities

Physics gives you the skills to solve problem, so after the successful completion of a physics course you will be welcomed on to any university course or training programme. Careers include engineering, finance, computer science, sport science, research scientist, medicine and astronaut.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nottingham Girl's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years