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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • Two GCSE Sciences at grades 6,6 or above, to include Physics if studied as a separate GCSE.
  • GSCE Mathematics should be at grade 6 or above.
  • An average GCSE score above 5.7.

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Exam board: AQA

100%Pass rate 80% A*-C 40% progressed to a Russell Group University

Physics is considered to be one of the more challenging A-level subjects, however if a student is hard-working and self-motivated, it will prove to be a stimulating and rewarding course. Physics students will study the interactions between matter, space, time and energy from the smallest scale of sub-atomic particles to the scale of the entire universe. 

Elizaveta

Elizaveta

A-level Physics Open Event Presentation

Course Content First Year

 1

Measurements and their errors

 2

Particles and radiation

 3

Waves

 4

Mechanics and materials

 5

Electricity

Course Content Second Year

 6

Further mechanics and thermal processes

 7

Fields and their consequences

 8

Nuclear physics

 9

Astrophysics

Topics 1- 9 are assessed in three written exam papers each lasting 2.0 hours. Students will complete a range of practical activities and the knowledge and understanding of these will be assessed within the written exams.

Meet the Science teachers and students

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is tutored by well-qualified staff. The approach is active and practical wherever possible. There is a mix of individual and group work.

Methods of Assessment

The course is entirely assessed by written examination at the end of each course. Students will complete a range of practical activities; the knowledge and understanding of these will be assessed within the written exams. Practical skills will also be assessed by teacher observation in class for the A-level qualification.

Resources

Support for students is provided by the Learning Resource Centre and within the department, where there is access to a small Physics library, the Internet and a wide range of specialist Physics apparatus.

Progression

The problem solving, communication and mathematical skills required to achieve an A-level in Physics make it an excellent qualification for a range of careers. Typical careers include physics and astrophysics, research, apprenticeships, finance, engineering, medicine, veterinary, meteorology, renewable energy, cybersecurity, gaming design, artificial intelligence, to name a few.

Enrichment

There are numerous enrichment opportunities for Physics students at St Brendan's including University Masterclasses, visiting speakers and Science Trips.

Physics students from St Brendan’s visit the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Physics students from St Brendan’s visit the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Jack Gallop

Jack Gallop

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