Head of Department
Dr K Hill
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE in Physics OR Combined Science and Mathematics 

Exam Board

AQA

Why Choose Physics?

This course will suit any student who wishes to develop their interest and enthusiasm in the physics of all that is around them; it will provide a firm scientific foundation for those wanting to make their mark in the world of science and technology in the future. Studying A-level Physics does not restrict your options, it expands them.

A-level Physics is a mixture of conceptual thinking and very practical applications. You need to be able to think about abstract ideas such as fields, but be able to apply those ideas to how, for instance, electric motors work. You will learn about everything from kinematics to relativity and many recent developments in fascinating topics, such as particle physics. Getting accurate results from experiments requires practice and competence in the use of lab equipment. Calculations are an important part of A-level Physics and you need to be comfortable with algebra. At the same time descriptive work requires you to communicate clearly. If you are interested in the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between, this is the subject for you. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

What is Involved?

Year 1 (Topics 1-5)

  • Measurement and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Required practical work

Year 2

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Required practical work

Plus one option topic (Astrophysics or Turning Points in Physics)

Assessment

Three written papers of 2 hours. Paper 1 will assess topics 1-6, paper 2 will assess topics 6-8 and paper 3 will assess the option topic as well as practical skills and data analysis.

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examination results

50%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

57%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

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of A-level students achieved grades A*-E

What we've been up to...

14Feb '20

What a great way to end our half term with so many amazing trips happening for our students #WKGSGeography #WKGSDrama #WKGSMFL 🌍🌎🙌🛫✈️ #Spain 🇪🇸 #Iceland 🇮🇸 #NewYorkCity🗽🇺🇸 #Austria 🎿 🇦🇹 #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #WKGSOnTour #EducationalGlobetrotting

14Feb '20

What a great way to end our half term with so many amazing trips happening for our students @WKGS_MFL @WKGS_Geography @WKGS_Theatre @WKGS_Science 🌎🙌🛫✈️ #Spain 🇪🇸 #Iceland 🇮🇸 #NewYorkCity🗽🇺🇸 #Austria 🎿 🇦🇹 #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #WKGSOnTour #EducationalGlobetrotting https://t.co/0k9XyvlFLB

13Feb '20

What other book could you need? twitter.com/jimalkhalili/s…

12Feb '20

On Monday 3 of our #WKGSY12 Students (Zachary, Amelia, Elspeth) took part in a debate hosted the Rotary Club in West Kirby. All the students were excellent speakers & they really enjoyed the experience. They were presented with certificates by the Chair of the Rotary Club. 👍👏🙌 https://t.co/a5lmFft4Z8

11Feb '20

The deadline for applications to #WKGS6thForm is fast approaching.... Get your application in by Thursday 13th February by clicking on the links below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://wkgs.org https://wkgs.org/sixth-form-online-application #ChooseWKGS6thForm #ChooseToBeYou

11Feb '20

Our values are inspired by our school motto:ad metam contendo-strive towards the goal.These 6 core values aren’t simply words on a page.We live & breathe them everyday, driven by our determination to inspire & support every child in the pursuit of their goals,whatever they may be https://t.co/aS1jmgArx8

11Feb '20

The deadline for applications to @WestKirbyGS 6th Form is fast approaching.... Get your application in by Thursday 13th February by clicking on the links below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ wkgs.org wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… #ChooseWKGS6thForm #ChooseToBeYou #WKGS6thForm https://t.co/UsDfKEi4m1

11Feb '20

The deadline for applications to @WKGS_6thForm is fast approaching.... Get your application in by Thursday 13th February by clicking on the links below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ wkgs.org wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… #ChooseWKGS6thForm #ChooseToBeYou https://t.co/cc6MsfSV46

10Feb '20

WKGS is hosting a North West Gifted and Talented Day on Saturday 21st March 2020. There are three workshops to choose from. If you would like more information then please click on the images posted below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/OGgWBcYIAF

10Feb '20

Gifted & Talented Workshops March 2020

All of the latest information of how to sign up for the North West Gifted & Talented Workshops in March 2020.

07Feb '20

Thank you to @A_Conferences for a thought provoking series of talks in Manchester today, culminating in a debate on which is more important, a healthy mind or a healthy body. Zac #Y12 and Rachel #Y11 put forward there opinions confidently. Well done both! @WestKirbyGS

06Feb '20

#TimeToTalk Day is today. Choose talk, conversation is powerful. https://t.co/Oilcj1GdY5

04Feb '20

Many people's lives have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Today we come together for #WorldCancerDay, because together, we can create change. 🎗️ https://t.co/9SBtsdCPCH

31Jan '20

A fascinating day @gcsesciencelive watching fascinating talks from @jimalkhalili @theAliceRoberts and Maggie Aderin-Pocock @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/YjBpMbORRH

30Jan '20

At West Kirby Grammar School we have always prided ourselves in our values. They are inspired by our school motto: ad metam contendo - strive towards the goal. These 6 core values aren’t simply words on a page – we live and breathe them every day, driven by our determination to inspire and support every child in the pursuit of their goals, whatever they may be: C.H.O.I.C.E. #ChooseWKGS #ChooseToBeYou #WKGS #AdMetamContendo #StriveTowardsTheGoal For more information visit our website - https://wkgs.org/