Curriculum Leader

Mr A Driver

Awarding Body

AQA Course Specification

Entry Requirements

A grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics and a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics OR two grade 6's or above in GCSE Combined Science and a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics

Why choose Physics?

Physics relates to the modern world of science and technology. It keeps open most career options and links well with many subjects for example Music, Geography, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, and Sports Studies.

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What will I learn in the first year of A Level Physics and how will it be assessed?

First year of A-level (AS Level)
3.1 Measurements and their errors.
3.2 Particles and Radiation
3.3 Waves
3.4 Mechanics and Materials
3.5 Electricity

Paper 1 (50%)
Paper 2 (50%) including questions on practical skills.
6 practical activities

This is a new specification subject. The school’s policy is that all students enrolling onto this course will be entered for the full A Level examination at the end of Year 13. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and their ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

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What will I learn in the second year of A-Level Physics and how will it be assessed?

Second year of A-level

3.6 Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
3.7 Fields and their consequences
3.8 Nuclear Physics

Options:
3.9 Astrophysics
3.10 Medical Physics
3.11 Engineering Physics
3.12 Turning points in Physics
3.13 Electronics

Paper 1 (34%)
Paper 2 (34%)
Paper 3 (32%) including questions on practical skills.
6 practical activities

This is a new specification subject. The overall result for each student completing this course to the full A Level standard will be based on the end of Y13 examinations alone. ie The AS result from Year 12 will not contribute to the overall A2 grade. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and their ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

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How will I learn?

You will learn through opportunities to:

  • Discuss your work in pairs and groups
  • Make presentations to the class
  • Work independently on written tasks
  • Carry out research and work on group or individual projects
  • Take part in workshops provided by local universities
  • Practical investigations
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Architecture, Bio-Physics, Chemical Engineering, Design, Engineering, Finance, Geology, Holographic Design, Industrial Physics, Journalism, Law, Maths, Nuclear Physics, Optics, Physics, Quantum Physics, Radiography, Sports Science, Theoretical Physics, Veterinary Medicine, Weather Science, Zoology …… and many more.

Physics provides you with many skills which suit a vast range of degrees.

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Medicine, Accounting , Finance, Physicist, Journalism.

Physics provides you with skills such as problem solving which apply to many non scientific careers such as law, management and business.

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Further Course Information

Physics A Level puts a large emphasis on practical work, during year 12 and 13 you will complete 12 pieces of coursework which involve practical investigation.

New discoveries in Physics are often integrated and discussed within the course.

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