- A Level
- Examining Board: AQA (Specification A)
You might be fascinated by the universe. You might want to understand how modern technology and engineering works. Physics is highly regarded as it shows your ability and intellect to the best. It is a highly regarded qualification and can take you in a number of career directions especially the more highly paid graduate careers.
This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme.
The new linear AQA specification A Level will be followed from September 2015. The course content is as follows:
- Mandatory units
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and radiation
- Mechanics and materials
- Further mechanics and thermal physics
- Fields and their consequences
- Nuclear physics.
- Optional units
- Medical physics
- Engineering physics
- Turning points in physics
You can also get involved in Talking Physics - an enrichment aimed at helping students to see where their study of Physics can lead them. Speakers have included:
- Dan Scott, a research scientist for the Advanced Technology Centre, BAE Systems.
- Melanie Osborne BSc (Hons) IEng MIET AMIRSE. Mel is an engineer and her job for ‘AMEY’ involves designing the systems and circuits that stop the trains from crashing into things and each other.
This is alongside Physics trips that in 2014 were to:
- Supacat (multi-terrain vehicle manufacturer)
- CERN in Switzerland
- Rutherford Laboratory in Oxford for a Particle Physics Masterclass.
Great teaching and fun, with a stimulating working environment.
A Level Physics student
To do this course you need the following:
- Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language
- You need core and additional science GCSE at grade C or above plus Maths GCSE (grade B or above preferred)