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Physics: A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths and Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics or GCSE Combined Science.

 

Hands-on lessons taught by subject specialists

With extremely strong results over the past decade, and an Alps score of 2, our Physics Department brings a passion and commitment that provokes very positive feedback from students.

Our teaching staff are specialists in physics, aiming to inspire all students to enjoy the subject and achieve their best, regardless of ability. High quality marking and feedback support students’ progress.

We have excellent practical resources and technical support, allowing teachers to incorporate practical work into lessons whenever possible–well beyond the ‘required practicals’ of the curriculum.

We have a long track record of achieving outstanding results in physics at A-level , with 86% of students in 2017 achieving A*, A or B grades. Our experienced staff also run physics teaching and training courses for other Sheffield schools. We have a good sized cohort of girls who choose Physics A-level every year and who also achieve outstanding results.

 

The course

Core content:  

  • Measurements and their errors. 
  • Particles and radiation. 
  • Waves. 
  • Mechanics and materials. 
  • Electricity. 
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics. 
  • Fields and their consequences. 
  • Nuclear physics. 
  • Medical physics.

 

Beyond the classroom

Past activities have included:  

  • Science Week–wide range of speakers, competitions and events. 
  • Royal Society science writing book judging panel. 
  • Sixth Form Journal Club. 
  • STEM Challenge events. 
  • Visit to the Big-Bang’ Fair. 
  • ‘Student of the half term’–rewards system to recognise and celebrate achievements and progress of all students. 
  • High quality textbooks loaned to students to help with independent work.

 

Progression

Our students progress onto a very broad range of science-related courses at universities across the country, including those deemed to be ‘prestigious’. We routinely expect successful applications to study courses at Oxbridge and entry onto courses leading to careers such as physics, maths, engineering, natural science, medicine, computing and many other areas.

Some will also go onto nonscience related courses and careers–such as law–where their achievements in science A-levels have served to develop key skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking. Many undergraduate courses are very happy to recruit students who have been successful in their science A-levels as these courses are known to be difficult: students who do well will have excellent study skills and the ability to rise to academic challenge beyond school.