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Physics A and AS Level at The Heathland School

Course description

It has been said that we are currently in a “Golden Age” of Physics with so many new advances in astronomy and particle physics. As an A level Physicist you will develop an appreciation of these advances and you will also encounter some of the most fundamental questions in science.  The A level syllabus includes the modern ideas of  Quantum Theory and Cosmology as well as the classical theories of Galileo and Newton. The science of the Digital era is also a theme that runs through the course.

Course content


  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics;
  • Module 2: Foundations of physics;
  • Module 3: Forces and motion;
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons.


  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics;
  • Module 6: Particles and medical physics.

Entry requirements

Students must attain at least 5 A*-C grades including English Language and Mathematics and a total point score of  42+ in the student’s best 8 subjects. Students must also attain at least a BB in Science and Additional Science or at least a B in GCSE Physics to follow this course. They must also achieve a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Students following Physics should also follow the A Level Mathematics and Mechanics course.



Two written examination papers each of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  1. Breadth in physics (50%);
  2. Depth in physics (50%);

Each paper contains content from all 4 modules



Three written examination papers and ‘Practical endorsement in physics’ which is reported separately and does not contribute to the overall A2 grade

  1. Modelling physics – 2 hours 15 minutes – content from modules 1,2,3 & 5 (37%);
  2. Exploring physics – 2 hours 15 minutes – content from modules 1,2,4 & 6(37%);
  3. Unified physics – 1 hour 30 minutes – content from modules 1-6 (26%).

Future opportunities

Physics opens the door to a wide range of degree courses at University.  It is often essential for Engineering courses together with Mathematics and is recommended for many technology based degrees.  Physics is ideal for students looking to study a scientific subject or a medical degree.  Physics graduates are highly employable and although many pursue a career in scientific research, many progress into jobs in the financial and business sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years