A-Level Physics

A-Level Physics


Dr H Williams and Mr G Killer




A-Level Physics


Grade 7 in GCSE Physics or 7-7 in GCSE combined Science, plus a 6 in GCSE Maths. Students achieving a Grade 6 in Physics / Science will be considered for this course, but must first discuss their place with the Head of Science.

Why choose A-Level Physics?

Physics is the study of matter and energy. As the world’s resources of cheap fossil fuels decline and the global warming their use has inevitably caused increases, physicists seek cleaner, greener alternatives. It is no exaggeration to say physicists are men and women with a mission, that of maintaining and indeed improving our way of life. Computers, the internet, MRI imaging and PET scans were all invented by physicists in the last century. Physics is at the heart of so many science and engineering disciplines. An A level in physics opens the door to a wide range of scientific and engineering careers, as well as to university courses in these subjects. When you next use your mobile phone or computer, just thank a physicist.

What you will study in A-Level Physics?

 Particles and Radiation
 Waves
 Mechanics and Materials
 Electricity
 Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
 Gravitational, Electrostatic and Magnetic Fields
 Nuclear Physics
 One option topic from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics and Turning Points in Physics
 There are twelve compulsory practical experiments in this course

How you will be assessed in A-Level Physics?

The A-level course is assessed by three 2-hour papers, which will include multiple choice, short and longer answer questions.

Additional Information

A level Physics is a tough course which is not for the faint-hearted. Enthusiasm for the subject, a fascination for the way things work and an appetite for intellectual challenge are pre-requisites. Physics is a numerical subject; a scientific calculator is required for this course.

21 April, 2021


Updated 30/03/2021


URGENT Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter holiday

Dear Parent/Carer


Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter period

The latest Government advice is as follows:  where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should NOT be contacted.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

If a student tests positive up to and including Wednesday, 7th April you must contact the school’s emergency number

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Please provide the following information:

Name and year group of the student who has tested positive

Date of positive test

Date symptoms developed

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The school will identify and contact families of close contacts during any lessons and tutor periods, and also families of any known social contacts provided by you.

Please leave your own contact details, including email and telephone number.

You do not need to contact the school if a member of your household tests positive, but you should follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace in terms of isolation required within your household.

I would like to thank the entire school community for your support and co-operation during this unusual and difficult half-term.

With best wishes for a restful half-term break,

Sally Wilson


21 April, 2021


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