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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. The first year you will study mechanics, electricity, materials and waves.  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 5 in Physics is required (or two grade 5's if you have done double award science at GCSE).

Additional Information

Teacher: Catherine Clayton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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