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Physics A Level at Park High School

Course description

The course covers exciting recent developments in the field of physics. The AS content deals with traditional topics such as Mechanics, Electricity and Waves. Quantum Physics is also one of the many interesting topics taught during the AS course. Practical skills are developed where students develop skills in recording, analysing and evaluating data.

During the second year, some of these topics are revisited in more depth. Topics such as Thermal Physics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Particle Physics, Medical Physics and Astrophysics are included. Practical skills similar to the first year are developed but they require a more mathematical treatment.

Course content

Topics include:

Development of practical skills in physics

Foundations of Physics

Forces and motion

Electrons, waves and photons

Newtonian world and astrophysics

Particles and medical physics


Entry requirements

GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on this course: 

6 in Physics and a 6 in at least one of the other Sciences if studied Separate Science at GCSE OR 6-6 in Double Science, 5 in Mathematics, 4 in English Language


Practical Endorsement - Pass/Fail (reported separately to exams)

Paper 1 - 100 marks - 37% weighting - 2 hrs 15 mins - Section A multiple choice, Section B structured questions covering theory & practical skills

Paper 2 - 100 marks - 37% weighting - - 2 hrs 15 mins - Section A multiple choice, Section B - structured questions covering theory & practical skills

Paper 3 - 70 marks - 96% weighting - Structured questions & extended response questions covering theory & practical skills


Future opportunities

A physics education equips a person to work in many different and interesting places—in industrial and government laboratories, in universities, as astronauts, pilots, engineers and even as physics teachers! In addition, many physicists leave the lab behind and work at newspapers and magazines, in government, and in finance and banking — places where their problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets. Courses at university which Physics support include Engineering, Physiotherapy, Meteorology amongst others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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