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A-level Physics

Physics is the study of the world around us using applied mathematics and practical skills.

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Exam Board: AQA

Physics

Physics is the study of the world around us using applied mathematics and practical skills. You will work up to the point of devising your own practical to prove a Physics concept by the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

A good grounding in Physics is essential and grade 5/6 or above at GCSE (or equivalent) is a requirement.

A high competence in Mathematics is very important as well as the ability to write good English that is scientifically accurate.

Course Content

AS course (Year 12)

Section 1: Includes Particles and Quantum Phenomena
Section 2: Includes Waves and Optics
Section 3: Includes Forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Momentum, Work, Energy and Materials
Section 4: Includes Electricity and DC Circuits

The practical skills assessment involves performing a series of six experiments in class which are assessed.

A-level course (Year 12 and Year 13)

Section 6: Includes Circular Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Thermal Physics and Gases
Section 7: Includes Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Capacitors, Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Induction
Section 8: Includes Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy

There is then an optional topic. We currently offer Astrophysics or Engineering Physics.

The practical skills assessment involves performing a second series of six experiments in class which are assessed.

Where Does it Lead?

A qualification in Physics can lead to a large range of career options, including research and development, computing, science, engineering, education, medicine, law, business and the military.

 

Assessment

AS (Year 12)
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Year 12 is assessed with two written theory examination papers, taken in June, involving long and short answer questions, as well as multiple-choice questions. Students carry out relevant practical work throughout the course. Relevant practical skills are assessed in both written papers. AS Level: 2 written papers, 90 minutes each.

A-level (Year 13)
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Year 13 is assessed with three written examination papers, taken in June, at the end of the two years of study. They involve short and long answer questions as well as multiple-choice questions. During the two years, practical and investigation skills are assessed both in general and through specific tasks. A-level: 3 written papers, 120 minutes each. There are 12 required practicals to complete to a satisfactory standard in order to achieve a pass in the practical skills endorsement.

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