Broughton Hall Catholic High School - Sixth Form - Physics

Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Mr Roberts

Entry Requirements

Those students wanting study A Level Physics need to have gained at least a grade 6 in Mathematics at GCSE.

Ideally students will have studied separate Chemistry, Biology and Physics GCSE's and have gained at least grade 6 in Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Trilogy GCSE students should have gained at least 6,6 in their science GCSE's.

Why Choose this course?

Combines well with many subjects e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths, IT, DT, Geography, Music, Philosophy, Business Studies etc.

Facilitates entry onto the widest range of University courses.

Physics degrees are combined with a huge range of other disciplines.

Most students enjoy Physics at A level and retain this interest.


Jobs directly related to Physics include:
Acoustic consultant / Clinical scientist / medical physics

Engineering / Geophysicist / Higher education lecturer / Metallurgist

Meteorologist / Nanotechnologist / Radiation protection practitioner

Research scientist (physical sciences) / Secondary school teacher / Technical author

Jobs where Physics would be useful include:
Actuary / Applications developer / Data analyst
Nuclear engineer / Operational researcher
Patent attorney / Software engineer
Telecommunications researcher

Course Content

Year 12
1 - Measurement and their errors.
2 - Particles and radiation
3 - Waves
4 - Mechanics and materials
5 - Electricity

Year 13
6 - Further mechanics (6.1) and Thermal Physics (6.2)
7 - Fields and their consequences
8 - Nuclear Physics
OPTIONS - Astrophysics
- Medical Physics
- Engineering Physics
- Turning points in physics
- Electronics

Paper 1 (85 marks)
60 marks of short and long questions on year 12 topics and SHM from year 13.

25 multiple choice questions on the same content.

Paper 2 (85 marks)
60 marks of short and long questions on Thermal physics and topics 7 and 8 from year 13.

25 multiple choice questions on the same content

Paper 3
45 marks of short and long questions on practical experiments and data analysis. 35 marks of short and long questions on an optional topic.

Practical Endorsement - throughout course but does not effect grade.

Course Opportunities/ Activities

Department has strong links with the Institute of Physics - they provide information and support for students.
Extra curricular trips and University lectures offered.
Access to further reading materials and online resources.

Support and Challenge

All Physics students receive support and guidance throughout their time with us. Students receive comprehensive notes, past papers and revision resources. There is a strong focus on practical work and all lessons are taught in dedicated, well equipped Physics labs. With small class sizes of 10-15 there are lots of opportunities for student support and intervention from staff. Additional sessions are offered after school weekly. Previous students have progressed on to Oxbridge and other prestigious Universities, studying a variety of courses including Engineering of all forms, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Physical Sciences.

Student Comment

I really like the interesting topics like Quantum Physics and Special Relativity

There are always opportunities for help, I feel confident to ask for help and it is always offered after school

I enjoy the problem solving sections of the course

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