A level Physics explores the limits of our universe. From the smallest possible lengths and times within the quantum realm to the vast expanse of space-time that continuously stretches out before us. Topics such as particle physics, classical mechanics and field theory probe the very nature of reality itself. Physics aims to answer big, mind-bending questions. What are dimensions? Is time travel possible? What is energy? Studying A level Physics equips pupils with the tools to tackle and solve problems, to think critically and confidently, and to express evidence-based opinions.

Pupils studying A level Physics at Stoke Newington follow the AQA course. Pupils will already be familiar with many of the topics that you will study from GCSE. This including forces, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A-level, pupils will examine these areas in more detail and learn about how they are interconnected. Pupils will also learn how to apply maths to real-world problems and explore new areas such as particle physics, cosmology and quantum physics.

Pupils are offered an extensive range of enrichment activities. Pupils at the end of Year 12 visit the world’s largest machine: the particle accelerator at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

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The world’s largest machine: the particle accelerator at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

There are also Physics lectures held at UCL which many pupils attend such as The Particle Zoo: News from the Subatomic World of Elementary Particle Physics and Finding Neutrinos in Antarctica and beyond: Searching for exploding Stars, Black Holes and Cosmic Rays. Pupils also work on Physics Olympiad questions as well as a range of entrance exam material throughout Year 12 and 13, we have strong links with UCL where several of our year 12 pupils complete work experience in the field of exotic nanomaterials. Pupils have been awarded paid apprenticeships with industry leading STEM companies.

In a world of increasing complexity, the problem-solving skills acquired during Physics A-Level are crucial for a variety of university degrees and careers. Whatever you want to do in the future having advanced mathematical and problem-solving skills, the ability to apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations and express ideas logically and clearly is invaluable.

Physics opens routes into all STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) pathways. Physics A-Level appears 5 times in the top 10 most lucrative A-Levels and top universities recommend the study of physics as a subject which will enhance any university application.

Year 12 and Year 13 Curriculum Maps

Suggested reading for A level Physics:

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
  • Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? – New Scientist
  • The Grand Design – Stephen Hawkin and Leonard Mlodinow
  • Newton – Peter Ackroyd
  • The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw