Physics A level AQA

Course Entry Requirements: Science Grade 6-6 or GCSE Physics Grade 6

The course is taught over two years with AS exams at the end of the first year. The exams at the end of the second year make up 100% of the A-Level grade and can cover any topic of the full two years. There is no coursework now, but there is a separate qualification for the practical endorsement. Developing practical skills is an integral part of the course and they are used to make sure students are confident with the techniques and understanding of the Physics. The course is broken up into 8 teaching units across 2 years. The units studied are:

What are we studying?

Year

1

Dates

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Module 1 – Measurements and their errors

Module 2 – Particles and radiation

Module 3 – Waves

Module 4 – Mechanics and materials

Module 5 – Electricity

Year

2

Dates

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Module 6 – Further mechanical and thermal physics

Module 7 – Fields and their consequences

Module 8 – Nuclear physics and 1 optional unit

COURSE DETAILS AND ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:

AS:

Paper 1 – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level

Paper 2 – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level

A-Level:

Paper 1 – 2hours – 34% of total A-Level

Paper 2 – 2hours – 34% of total A-Level

Paper 3 – 2 hours – 32% of total A-Level

Practical Endorsement in Physics. Non examined, assessed throughout the A-Level on experiments and awarded separately to the Physics A Level.

WHERE CAN THIS COURSE TAKE ME?

The logic and mathematics skills developed in Physics are relevant to a vast number of careers. It is beneficial in any further scientific work with applications in business, finance and medicine.

Below are some of the destinations of our previous students:

  • Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
  • Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University
  • Meteorology, Reading University

Physics and Astronomy, Sussex Universit