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Now that you’ve chosen to study Physics in more depth, you may be feeling rather unsure about starting your A-Level physics course. But do not worry - this guide is designed to help you with the transition to the A-Level course.

Below is a list of topics that you should already be familiar from GCSE but you may need to refresh your memory!

  1. Atomic structure
  2. Energy and efficiency
  3. Generating electricity/The National Grid
  4. Waves
  5. Sound
  6. Forces and motion
  7. Transformers


Your task is to research one of the areas and produce a presentation of your chosen topic.  The way in which you present your ideas is entirely up to you but your presentation should last approximately 5 minutes.  Some examples are….produce a powerpoint….make a model….create an animation….make a video….write a poem…the more creative the better!

Having an awareness of current issues is always useful, especially if you  are considering a    career in physics related subjects.  Get into the habit of checking the news, either online, television or newspapers.  You could also read New Scientist magazine.

Recommended reading:

  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  • Stephen Hawking: A Graphic Guide – JP McEvoy & Oscar Zarate
  • The Elegant Universe – Brian Greene
  • Flatland – Edwin A. Abbot
  • How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog – Chad Orzel
  • Any ‘Introduction to A level Physics books


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