Six GCSEs 9-4 (or A*-C), two from English, Maths OR Science
Two at least grade 6 (or B)
GCSE Maths (higher tier) grade 9-6 WITH EITHER GCSE Physics grade 9-6 OR GCSE Combined Science grades 9,9-6,6
Please Note:It is highly recommended that students following a combination of Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Physics A level courses have at least one GCSE grade 7 in one of these chosen subjects.
A Level Physics is an exciting and important course which can offer you huge opportunities for your future. Discover how a Formula One car turns a corner and why the Earth orbits the Sun. Learn what’s inside a proton and how a nuclear reactor works. Learn how an engineer designs a bridge and a quantum physicist can make light act like a particle. Physics will inspire you to see the world around you in a totally new way.
Paper 1: Mechanics, Materials, Electricity, Waves, Particle Physicsand Quantum Physics
Paper 2: Circular Motion, Pendulums, Gravitational Fields and Satellites,Electric Fields and Capacitors, Magnetic Fields, Radioactivity and Nuclear Power, and Thermal Physics
Paper 3: Practical Skills and Engineering
An A-level in Physics shows you are confident with both problem solving and scientific thinking, and are good at working with numbers. Physics will challenge you to think about the world you live in and explain why and how things happen.
Well over 75% of physics students progressed to university, with 60% progressing to a Russell Group university and 4 students going to Oxford or Cambridge. The vast majority of students pursued a science or engineering based course such as Mechanical Engineering or Aeronautical Engineering, with some as varied as Robotics or Aviation Technology.
I really enjoy physics because I like Maths, problem solving and doing practicals. I particularly liked learning about particle physics and the engineering topic, because that’s what I’m applying for at university. The trip to CERN was great too!
Ellie Scrimshaw, former Physics student
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