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W6 Ricardo

Physics

Physics

Entry requirements

6 in two Science GCSEs inc. Physics

6 in GCSE Maths.

What will I study

You will study the world of physics including:

Year 12

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 – Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 – Forces and motion
  • Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Year 13

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

How will I be assessed?

Breadth in physics

  • Assesses content from all four modules.
  • 70 marks written paper
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of the AS

Depth in physics

  • Assesses content from all four modules.
  • 70 marks written paper
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of the AS

Modelling physics

  • Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
  • 100 marks written paper, 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 37% of the AS

Exploring physics

  • Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
  • 100 marks written paper, 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 37% of the AS

Unified physics

  • Synoptic paper:
  • Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).
  • 70 marks written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 26% of A-level

Practical Endorsement

You will complete 12 required practical tasks that will be examined in paper 1 or 2. You will then pass or fail your practical endorsement which will be reported separately.

Is this subject for me?

Getting a physics A-level is hard work, which is why it is so well respected by employers and universities. You will need to be reflective and motivated to make improvements in areas that you identify as weaker topics. Outside of lessons you will also be expected to develop your own revision notes using the specification throughout the course.

At the end of it all you will have great prospects for university degrees and physicists are in very high demand so your earning potential and employability will rocket.

Where can this lead me?

Physics can lead to a range of degrees in and out of Science. Degree courses include marine physics; astrophysics; audio technology; aircraft engineering and software engineering. An A-level qualification is accepted as an exceptional gateway to most careers, and most physics related degrees also require an A-level in maths.

Just a small selection of the careers you could follow include:

  • Lecturer
  • Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Radiographer
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Management Consultancy
  • Teaching
  • Computing
  • Medical Physics
  • Civil Service
  • Architecture

What else is there?

We have strong links with SEPnet lab at the University of Sussex physics department, and students will be able to visit the lab. We also have excellent links with the world-leading engineering firm Ricardo. Students on the physics course get to visit regularly, work with engineers and there are options for students to pursue the highly regarded CREST Gold Award.

We are also a hub school for the Institute for Research in Schools, which means you can get involved in a wide range of real world scientific projects with the likes of CERN and NASA.

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