Physics

 

This course is for students who are curious about the universe around them and who seek to explain the phenomena we encounter in our daily lives. We explore the physical laws that govern the behaviour of the universe from the very small quantum world to the cosmological scale of stars and galaxies.

Topics covered include

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Radioactivity
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Materials
  • Fields

We follow the AQA Physics course and have a strong emphasis on practical skills as well as academic knowledge.  Experimental work is an essential part of A Level work and an excellent preparation for university.  Lessons are based around exploring the world around us and how Physics seeks to model and explain what we observe.

The assessment for this course is by examination.  Whilst we will accept students with a minimum grade 7 in either GCSE Double Science or GCSE Physics, and at least a 7 in GCSE Mathematics, we feel that a grade 8 at GCSE is the best preparation for A Level.  There is no requirement to study Mathematics at A Level to study A Level Physics but of course it does help. It is important to consider studying Mathematics A Level if you wish to pursue a scientific based degree in the future as not doing so will exclude you from many degrees. Those aiming to study Physics and Engineering degrees at Russell group universities should also consider studying Further Maths.

 

If you have any questions please contact Head of Department lorna.godson@patesgs.org

 

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