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Physics A Level at Writhlington School

Course description

We‟d be a bit lost without physics. All the gadgets that we take for granted like laptops and mobile phones wouldn‟t be here. Physicists have recently shown that teleportation is possible – who knows what that will lead to in a few years‟ time? At A level you will start to see how forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to eve

Course content

Year 12 - Module 1: Practical skills are developed through a range of guided practical activities.

Module 2: An introduction to important conventions and ideas that permeate the fabric of physics.

Module 3: Learn how to model the motion of objects using mathematics, understand the effect forces have on objects, the important connection between force and energy, appreciate how forces cause deformation and understand the importance of Newton‟s laws of motion.

Module 4: Introduction to the key ideas of quantum physics.

Year 13 - Module 5: Learn about thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational field, astrophysics and cosmology.

Module 6: Learn about capacitors, electric field, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, particle physics and medical imaging.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE Grade 6 to 9. Students require a GCSE Grade 6 in Physics or Additional Science together with GCSE Grade 6 in Maths and English.


At the end of Year 12 you will sit end of year exams, these will not count towards your final results. There are three final written examinations at A level, two of which are 2 hours 15 minutes long and the third is 1 hour 30 minutes long. Practical skills will be tested in the exams and you will be awarded a pass on your certificate if you successfully complete the practicals and laboratory books.

Future opportunities

Astronomy, education, engineering, medicine, meteorology, music, nanotechnology, oil & gas, renewable energy, scientific research, space exploration, telecommunications, transport, banking, insurance, accountancy, law, software, computing, etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 December 2017

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