Physics

The Physics A-Level course at Rainhill Sixth Form aims to develop theoretical and applied Physics through practical skills, data analysis and problem solving.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:
  • GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths and English. Ideally an EBACC student with an average GCSE profile of grade 6 and all Science modules at grade 6 or better. It is highly recommended that you are also studying A-level
  • Maths to complement your understanding of certain aspects of the course.
Last three years destinations:
  • BSc (Hons) Physics at St Andrews
  • BSc (Hons) Physics at Hull University
  • BSc (Hons) Physics at Liverpool University

Course Aims

With a focus on quality, high expectations and logic skills, we aim to offer an enjoyable and challenging course leading to further study or employment in a wide range of fields. We offer exciting field trips to further your experience, such as CERN, Daresbury and University of Manchester.

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions. Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.

Progression

Following completion of the course students can continue onto degree study in Physics, both applied and theoretical, Mathematics or Engineering. This could lead to careers in fields such as Accelerator Operator, Applications Engineer, Data Analyst, Design Engineer, IT Consultant, Lab Technician or Laser Engineer.

Exam

Assessment is based on three separate written examinations, each 2 hours long.

Paper 1 and paper 2 are each worth 34% of the overall qualification and are a combination of short and long answers as well as 25 multiple choice questions.

Paper 3 is a written paper with questions on practical skills, data analysis and on one optional topic. This is worth 32% of the overall qualification.