A Level | Physics
A Level in Physics
Exam Board: AQA GCE Physics A
Will the course suit me?
You will need to have a good GCSE grade in Physics (at least Level 6) and be competent at maths in order to do well on the course. A Level maths is strongly recommended to support the A Level Physics course.
A Level Physics is recommended by the Physics department for students who are very likely to apply to university to study Physics, Engineering or Mathematics and whose strengths clearly lie in the area of Physics/Mathematics.
These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A Level exams at the end of their A Level course.
1 Measurements and their errors
2 Particles and radiation
4 Mechanics and materials
6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
7 Fields and their consequences
8 Nuclear physics
Options (to be decided by the department)
Turning points in Physics (including Special Relativity and the historical development of Quantum Theory)
Benefits of the course
An A Level in Physics is highly regarded by universities. It is a good training in clear, logical thinking and in applied Mathematics. Physicists are in short supply at the present time and so are valued highly by employers and universities.
Outside the classroom
Particle Physics Masterclass at Oxford University. Space School at the University of Kent. ‘Headstart’ taster university courses for a week at the end of the Lower Sixth, in Science and Engineering.
A Level Physics is a very good basis for university courses in Physics, Maths, Engineering, Architecture, and Medicine. Many Physics graduates go on to work in accountancy and finance, as well as in the areas of science and technology. Bursaries are available at universities to encourage students to study Physics at a higher level.
|Component||Assessment||Weighting||Marks & duration|
Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)
|Exam – 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 marks of multiple choice questions on content||34%||85 marks|
Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8
Assumed Knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1
|Written Exam – 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 marks of multiple choice questions on content||34%||85 marks|
Section A: Compulsory section: Practical and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9 or 12
|Written Exam –|
45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis
35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.
Head of Department: Simon Booth