Physics with Medical Physics

Exam board: AQA
Guidance: Grade 6 in triple science physics or 66 in combined science, and a 6 in maths.
Course Start Date: 09/2021
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

This course will enable you to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the physics which is fundamental to the world around us and the basis of everything we experience in life. We hope that the course will stimulate your interest in, and enjoyment of, the study of physics as well as an appreciation of the scientific, social, environmental and technological contributions made by physics to society. This will enable you to make informed choices and prepare you for a successful future in an increasingly technological society.

In 2019 47% of students taking A level physics at Sackville achieved an A or A* which is twice the national average.

Course units

In year 12:
This year covers a number of modules including waves, particle physics, quantum physics, nuclear physics, mechanics and materials in physics. This will include a number of required practicals enabling the students to practise and show their practical skills.

In year 13:
The second year of the course also includes required practical work and units covering topics such as thermal physics, simple harmonic motion, electricity, gravity, electric fields, magnetic fields and nuclear physics.

Students will also study a module on medical physics which gives students with an interest in biological and medical topics the opportunity to study some of the physical principles and techniques in medicine. The physics of the eye and ear as sensory organs is discussed including defects in them and treatment methods. The important and developing field of medical imaging, with both non-ionising and ionising radiations is considered including imaging techniques such as MRI scanners, CT scanner and X-rays. Further uses of ionising radiation are developed in a section on radiation therapy including the use of radio nuclides and x-rays as a therapy tool.

There is no coursework in physics


Three examinations at the end of year 13 to include short and long answer questions, multiple choice questions and questions based around the required practicals undertaken over the two years.

What can I go on to
You can go on to study for a degree in physics, medicine, veterinary science, engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, architecture, computer science, geography, earth and environmental sciences, materials sciences, psychology, finance, volcanology and many other subjects. In addition to this as a Russell Group facilitating subject this A level is viewed as providing excellent grounding for a huge number of university courses, especially for those going on to study medicine, architecture or financial services. Your ability to think logically and be numerate will be a highly prized asset in a wide variety of university courses as well as the job market. In short you will have an advantage if you study physics whatever your choice of career.

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