Physics uses mathematics to describe the world around us. It studies systems as large as universes and as small as atoms. How did the universe begin? Does time travel exist? Will we be able to inhabit other planets? Physics is a fascinating subject which enables you to study the structure and functions of the universe, truly the beginnings of wisdom. We will look at quantum mechanics, electricity, charges and fields, particle physics, nuclear decay and astrophysics.

The course and its structure

Studying physics at A- level will enable you to develop your problem solving skills, mathematical skills and practical skills. At Chapeltown Academy we study Edexcel physics. At AS you will study mechanics, electricity, materials and waves. You will sit two exams, each an hour and a half, at the end of the year. Throughout the year you will do 8 core practicals which you will be assessed on in the exams at the end of the year.

At A2, you will study more complex topics such as astronomy, gases and nuclear decay. You will complete four core practicals in year 13 and, again, these will be assessed in the exams at the end of the year. At the end of Y13, you will sit exams which are on all the topics you have studied throughout the two years, including questions on all the practicals you have completed.

In November 2015 we visited CERN in Geneva. We had a tour of the site and visited the site of Large Hadron Collider.











The Academy’s general entry criteria apply. A grade B in Physics is required (or two grade Bs if you have done double award science at GCSE).

Additional Information

Teacher: Catherine Clayton

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Where will Physics take me?

Physics, by virtue of its complexity, is particularly respected by industry and the top professions alike. As well as being a mandatory subject for those wishing to study physics or engineering at university, this A Level will also greatly support those hoping to pursue Higher Education in, computer science mathematics, or chemistry.

It can be directly applied to careers in energy, research, exploration, meteorology, and many more, and is highly valued by a whole range of professions even where its subject matter is not directly applied.