What We Offer

Physics

Physics describes interactions between objects in the world around us, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to huge clusters of galaxies, and provides the theoretical basis for much of the technology of the modern world.

What will I learn?

In Year 12 you will study: measurements and uncertainty; particles and radiation; waves and optics; mechanics and materials; and DC electricity. Year 13 builds on these ideas with: circular and oscillatory motion; thermal physics and gases; gravitational, electric and magnetic fields; and nuclear physics; plus one of five option topics. Practical skills are integrated into the course and the exams, and you will complete at least six required practical investigations in each year.

Exam Board: AQA

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 12 Circuits; Materials; Particles; Waves Optics, Mechanics Bridge to A level research presentations
Year 13 Fields; Further Mechanics; Thermal Physics Nuclear Physics; Option Topic  

Some of our recent LAEvers are currently studying the following related degrees:

Astrophysics - Queen Mary University
Physics - King's College London
Physics - Queen Mary University
Physics - Imperial College London
Physics - University College London
Aeronautical Engineering - Imperial College London
Aerospace Engineering - Queen Mary University
Chemical Engineering - University of Manchester
Engineering - University College London

How should I prepare myself?

You should be aiming for Grade 7’s or above in GCSE Physics (or Combined Science) and Mathematics. We also expect you to study A-level Maths, at least in Year 12, to ensure you have sufficiently strong mathematical skills. Make sure you understand all the equations and definitions from GCSE Physics, as well as practising mathematical techniques in algebra, trigonometry, and data handling.                                                         

As well as the minimum entry requirements for LAE, you will need 7 grades in both Physics and Maths at GCSE in order to enroll to study Physics at A level.

Recommended Reading:

On Giants' Shoulders Melvyn Bragg
A Short History Of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson 
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman! by Richard Feynman and Ralph Leighton