Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 40
EXAM BOARD: AQA
- National Science Competitions
(Physics Olympiad, EDT.
Engineering Education Scheme)
- University trips.
- Diamond Light Source trip
- CERN trip.
The A level Physics qualification involves finding out how things work by observation, measurement, analysis, research,
communication and discussion, all applied to relevant real world experiences. There is also a strong focus on problem
solving, combined with the use of laboratory experimental work and ICT in the learning process.
This course will suit those who wish to understand the mathematical beauty of the universe, at scales ranging from
subatomic to cosmological. Studying physics strengthens the skills of reasoning and problem solving.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1 topics: Particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, further mechanics.
Year 2 topics: Thermal physics, magnetic, electric and gravitational fields.
Year 2 options - select one from: Astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
Physics is a gateway to many careers including: engineering, medicine, architecture, computing, astrophysics,
environmental studies and economics. It is a highly regarded subject to have on your CV or university application as it
shows you have an analytical mindset and can grapple with complex problems.
Grade 7 in Physics GCSE, or 7-7 Double Award Science. Grade 7 in Maths GCSE. Taking Maths at A level is highly
Practical and options topic.
A certified endorsement pass/fail for the
practical work you undertake during the course.