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Physics A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

We are all users of Physics but if you are thinking of A Level Physics, you are interested in not only using but understanding it. The world of Physics spans ideas on the origins and eventual end of the universe to the behaviour of the smallest particles. We do not promise to answer all these questions in A Level Physics but we take a step towards the answers and hopefully leave you with a desire to investigate further. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning Einstein

Course content

This is a modern and exciting way to study Physics. Contexts and applications drive the course and give you motivation and interest to explore the world of physics and the many career choices open to you. The contexts in which physics is studied include some of the things we are most interested in: food, sport and music, as well as archaeology, spare part surgery, cosmology, Eurostar trains and designing buildings to withstand earthquakes. Our course tutors are dedicated physicists, enthusiastic about their subject and always keen t

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Maths. Grade BB or above in Core and Additional Science or BCC or above in Triple Sciences (the Grade B must be in Physics). GCSE Applied Science or Level 2 BTEC Science will not be accepted as a route to A Level Physics.


The teaching of the course makes use of a purpose written book and is enlivened by demonstrations, practical activities and computer simulations. Questioning and discussion also form a crucial element in getting to grips with new and, sometimes, mind blowing concepts, but underlying it all you will have explained to you how the universe works: the very laws of nature (or Physics as we prefer to call it!). Your teachers will show you how to make the most of learning opportunities, in particular turning homework from a chore into an effective learning process. Past examples of Physics related field trips include The Norman Lockyer Observatory to see telescopes in action, Woodlands Adventure Park to consider forces in actions and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to see the world’s biggest experiment (and to visit the high Alps by cable-car, journey inside a glacier, consider the Physics of bungee-jumping and spend time in Paris en route!).

Future opportunities

Salter’s Horners Advanced Physics is welcomed at all universities and our former students have gained places at wide range of universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and Bristol. Students have gone on to university courses in pure physics or engineering or on to broader based courses combining physics with a language, business or computing. You will find A Level Physics students pursuing careers in the city, designing and rectifying the Millennium Bridge, in law and accountancy as well as the more usual physics-based careers. These include medical physics, astrophysics and geophysics, to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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