New to A level physics NY252 / A20

Start date
28 Oct 20
4 Days
National STEM Centre, University of York, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Are you teaching A level physics for the first time, and wish to improve your subject knowledge? Do you wish to strengthen your delivery and confidence, to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for your students? As well as developing subject knowledge we will see how you can integrate inspiring and engaging practical activities. We also cover how to tackle common misconceptions, build cutting edge science into your lessons alongside different activities that use ICT to enable students to make maximum progression.


Who is it for?

Focusing on subject knowledge this will benefit physics NQT’s (Newly Qualified Teachers) or RQT’s (Recently Qualified Teachers) who are teaching A level for the first time, or non-specialists who may be moving from teaching GCSE/KS4 to A level.

What topics are covered?

This four day course covers: 

  • ⚪   materials - identifying difficulties with the subjective nature of materials and understanding key definitions like brittleness

    ⚪   mechanics - looking at SUVAT, using dataloggers and modern technology to teach forces and motion

    ⚪   electricity - looking at capacitors and potential dividers along with effective ways to undertake calculations

    ⚪   waves - explaining Young's double slit experiment, trialling the core practical and building on basic GCSE knowledge

    ⚪   particles and radiation - gain an understanding of the history of particle physics and building confidence in the use of terms like MeV and also the standard model

    ⚪   nuclear and medical physics - looking at contempory physics and how advances in medical physics is being used today e.g. hadron beam therapy

    ⚪   maths in physics - building links with maths departments to build students understanding of equations as well as logs and exponentials

    ⚪   engaging and relevant practical - going above and beyond the core practical work, allowing for alternatives and building students understanding through unfamiliar contexts

How long is the course?

This is a four day intensive residential course split into two residential periods of two days each.  

Who is the course leader?

  • Adam LittleSecondary Physics Professional Development Leader, based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.



By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • ✔️   develop engaging and interactive approaches to core topics such as medical physics, forces and motion, quantum physics and electricity

    ✔️   describe examples of contemporary physics such as how the principals behind the detectors at CERN can be used for radiotherapy

    ✔️   prioritise an area of action research that be carried out in your educational establishment


New to A-level Physics - Day one28 October 202011:00-19:00Virtual
New to A-level Physics - Day two29 October 202009:00-16:00Virtual
New to A-level Physics - Day Three21 January 202111:00-19:00Virtual
New to A-level Physics - Day four22 January 202109:00-16:00Virtual


The National STEM Learning Centre will be following all government guidance and regulations to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, including the deep cleaning of our accommodation and teaching rooms and maintaining social distancing during course sessions and meal times.

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