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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of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

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of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

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22May '20

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21May '20

The judges were blown away with the entries for the House Poetry Competition. We have some amazing talent at #WKGS 💙😊🙌 Here is #WKGSY10 Hadiza’s poem ‘Humanity’, which was submitted under the category of ‘Community Spirit’ and took First Prize 🥇.... Well done Hadiza! 👏👍 #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGSHouses #WKGSEnglish #Proud #Inspired #Poetry

20May '20

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20May '20

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20May '20

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20May '20

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20May '20

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19May '20

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19May '20

▶️WKGS Alumni◀️ Our next #WKGSAlumni THANK YOU goes to two frontline workers in education, Victoria (Class of 2007) & Natasha (Class of 2008). Both have been taking care of vulnerable children & sending home lots of projects to keep their students engaged & educated. We thank you for your commitment & dedication to your students. #WKGSAlumni #WKGSCommunity #Proud #ThankYou #Inspiration 💙💛🌈👏🙌 If you would like to share your story then please get in touch with office@wkgs.net

19May '20

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19May '20

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18May '20

▶️Duke of Edinburgh Award Update◀️ This year only, all participants who have completed their Physical, Skills & Volunteering will be awarded a new accolade: the 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition of their dedication, resilience and accomplishments in these extraordinary circumstances. Participants who receive the certificate can still go on to achieve the DofE award. The expedition is a hugely valuable experience that develops vital skills and character. We hope that most participants will still have the opportunity to complete it when it is safe to do so For participants who won’t be able to complete an expedition & want to progress from Bronze to Silver, we’ll introduce 2 temporary rule changes: 1.Bronze participants who achieve the 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement will be treated as if they have completed the Bronze Award 2. Participants who do this will be able to use their Silver practice expedition as their qualifying expedition at Bronze, enabling them to achieve both their Bronze and Silver Awards. For more information follow the #WKGS Duke of Edinburgh Twitter feed (@WKGS_DofE) or visit the website below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/achievement-for-all/ #WKGSDofE #WKGSCommunity #DofEAwards #dofewithadifference 🥇🥈🥉

18May '20

▶️WKGS Alumni◀️ THANK YOU to Jemma (Class of 2004). She is now a paediatric doctor working in North Wales/Merseyside. Jemma has also been making scrubs with the ‘Chester Scrubeteers’ group in her spare time, including making this scrub top in the picture (@craftyjem on Instagram). #WKGSAlumni #WKGSCommunity #Proud #ThankYou #Inspiration 💙💛🌈👏🙌 If you would like to share your story then please get in touch with office@wkgs.net

18May '20

Have you started a whole new skill or physical activity from home? Or have you changed your volunteering to help your community during lockdown? Let us know on social media using #DofEWithADifference.

18May '20

To change, choose your new activity (see DofE With A Difference ideas list/Opportunity Finder). Get your Leader's approval. Find an Assessor, e.g. your Leader, a family friend.. You can change your activities more than once, & time spent on your previous activities will count.