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The Royal School, Wolverhampton has a dedicated team of specialist science teachers who are passionate about their subject and endeavour to instil this passion to all students on a daily basis.  The philosophy within the department is to bring a holistic approach to the study of science. We aim to bring an enjoyment and love of biology, chemistry and physics subjects, as well as a knowledge and understanding of the importance science plays within our lives. From exciting experiments in one of our six large and well-equipped laboratories, through purposeful debates and discussions to hands-on collaboration experiences, we aim to make our subject as accessible as possible to everyone who studies it. The course also aims to develop communication skills so that all students can share their scientific experiences meaningfully with others, readying them for university courses and the world of work. 

The A-level science pathway builds on the GCSE knowledge of the previous three years and develops the academic, analytical and experimental mind of each student. These robust courses provide the stretch and challenge which is necessary for entry into university, and each student will leave with the necessary practical competencies which are required for undergraduate study. A-level scientists delve deeper into each topic from the GCSE course, whilst adding more complex knowledge from the cutting-edge and developing world of science. It is here, in these final two years of study, that our students develop the true independence and critical thinking skills which are so necessary for a degree-level education. All students follow the AQA examination syllabus at A-level. 

Science resources, including all textbooks from KS3-5, are available electronically via Kerboodle.  

All teaching resources, presentations, worksheets and practical guidance is available to pupils via Teams. 

Course Content:

The AQA A-level Physics content has been created with the GCSE Physics in mind to make sure that there is a seamless progression between qualifications.  It builds on prior knowledge and skills going into more depth and with greater challenge giving the students the capability to solve problems that are more complex.  Year 12 students study a wide range of topics including mechanics and materials, waves, particles and radiation, and electricity.  In Year 13 this expands to cover further mechanics including circular motion and simple harmonic motion, thermal physics, fields (gravitational, electric and magnetic), nuclear physics and then an optional topic like Astrophysics near the end of year 13.  

A Level Physics provides students with numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.  During the two years, twelve required practicals will be investigated.  These are completed in detail using the scientific method accurately to develop skills in analysis of measurements and their errors.  These skills are assessed in the written examinations and will enable students to achieve their practical endorsement certificate.

Entry requirements:

Grade 6 at GCSE Science (combined or single).

Progression routes and careers:

There are many paths that Physics can lead to.  It is a very useful subject for physical sciences and the majority of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. Anything to do with building or developing new technologies, medical physics careers such as radiography as well as other non-physics related careers such as management and finance.