LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM
You will study how the laws of physics enable us to make sense of the universe. The course involves a mixture of theory and practical work and the links between the two are regularly emphasised. If you opt to study Physics, you must also study either Mathematics, Computer Science or Chemistry. The content of these courses will assist you in understanding the more complex components of the Physics syllabus.
Wherever possible, we try to incorporate practical work relevant to the theory being studied. This means that practical work is performed regularly and through this you become an accurate and reliable experimenter. Theory is taught through presentations, small group work and individual practice and interactive technology.
Students with A Level Physics are highly sought after and follow careers in a wide range of areas such as Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Earth Science, Materials Science, Health, Architecture and the Financial Sector.
Physics at Huish is really good fun; I enjoy the relaxed but still productive atmosphere in our class.
Oscar Lee, Physics student
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Particle Physics and Quantum Phenomena
- Mechanics and Materials
- Simple Harmonic Motion
- Thermal Physics
- Gravitational and Electromagnetic Fields
- Nuclear Physics
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language or Literature and a minimum grade 6 in Physics (Science) and minimum grade 6 in Mathematics.
If you study Physics A Level you must also study either Mathematics, Computer Science or Chemistry to support your studies.
Physics can be taken as a third science alongside Biology and Chemistry if you achieve GCSE Maths grade 7.
Will I need Physics for my career?
Engineering at university will require Physics in most cases. Obviously, if you intend to study Physics, Electronics or other closely-related subjects, Physics will be essential. However, students with Physics A Level are particularly highly sought after, as they have attributes such as excellent problem solving skills which are much in demand. For example, many Medical schools and Business/Economics departments appreciate the abilities that Physics students have, and look upon such students favourably.
What other opportunities does A Level Physics offer?
Huish students regularly take part in the international Olympiad.
I am particularly interested in Quantum Mechanics and Phenomena and I intend to study Computer Science at University, which will hopefully lead to a career in Quantum Computing. The Physics syllabus helps develop my skills in experimental work, research and data analysis and it is broad enough to enable me to keep my options open for specialisation at University.
Ben Shattock, Physics student