Physics - A Level

Why choose A level Physics?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science.

Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions. Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.

Moreover, it's the basis of many other sciences and is essential for those interested in careers such as engineering and architecture

What will I study and learn?

Physics is fundamentally an experimental subject. The course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need which provide a firm foundation to further study at university.

How is the course assessed?

  • 1. Measurements and their errors
  • 2. Particles and radiation
  • 3. Waves
  • 4. Mechanics and materials
  • 5. Electricity
  • 6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7. Fields and their consequences
  • 8. Nuclear physics
  • 9. Options
    • Astrophysics
    • Medical physics
    • Engineering physics
    • Turning points in physics
    • Electronics

Key Information

  • Level: AS and A Level
  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Subject Leader: Mr Prior
  • Course Leader: Mr Brierley and Ms McCormick
  • Entry Requirements: GCSE Grades A* - C in 5 subjects (to include English and mathematics) Grade A in Additional GCSE Science or GCSE Physics

A level Modules:

  • Paper 1 Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion) written exam: 2 hours - 85 marks 34% of A-level
  • Paper 2 Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1 written exam: 2 hours - 85 marks - 34% of A-level
  • Paper 3 Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 written exam: 2 hours - 80 marks - 32% of A-level

Student comment: "It has always been my long term ambition to study engineering after my A levels. Science, and especially Physics, has always fascinated me and that's why I chose to do physics at A level. It works very well alongside my other A level subjects which are Chemistry and Maths."

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