Bolton School Sixth Form Boys


Why study Physics at Bolton School? 

Enthusiastic Physics specialists deliver inspiring and enjoyable lessons alongside many enrichment activities.  The opportunities include; attending physics lectures at universities and in school, taking part in Physics Olympic Events, extreme physics sessions and become a physics ambassador. The department consists of examiners and members who have, or do work closely with the Institute of Physics and the Ogden Trust.

What will I study?

Physics is a rewarding, challenging and varied subject.  It can appeal both to those with a gift for practical work and to those who enjoy thinking about the nature and future of the universe.  It provides an opportunity to develop numeracy, logical thought and practical skills.  It is a very popular choice at A-level, often combined with mathematics or other sciences, and complements a wide range of other A-levels.


Core Topics

  1. Measurement and their errors
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and Materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further Mechanics
  7. Fields and their Consequences
  8. Nuclear Physics

Option topics:

  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical Physics
  3. Engineering
  4. Turning Points

How will I be assessed? 

A-Level:   Three written exams covering all 6 modules

There will also be a practical pass/fail endorsement based on performance in 12 practical tasks.  

Desirable Requirements

Students with a genuine interest in physics and sufficient aptitude to complete an A-level course successfully are likely to have achieved grade 7 or above in GCSE Physics or the equivalent in Dual Award Science.  As physics is a numerate subject, competence and confidence in mathematics is required. It is not, however, necessary to study mathematics beyond GCSE to be successful in A-Level physics. 

Where will it lead? 

Students from Bolton School have gone on to study pure Physics, Astrophysics, Physics with Philosophy and related subjects such as Materials Science and have then followed careers in Teaching, Telecommunications, Earth Sciences, Archaeology, Finance and Patent Law.   Others have used their physics as a platform for degrees and subsequent careers in Engineering, Electronics and Geology.  Physics is useful for entering the fields of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry.  Physics graduates develop excellent problem solving and thinking skills which means they are able to take on a wide variety of jobs ranging from designing computer games to accountancy.