A Level Physics

“Whilst studying A-Level Physics you will be taught in a variety of styles, both teacher-led and individual study-based.”

Qualification

A Level

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Ms Ladha

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

Course Requirements

A-Level Physics is a demanding course. To be accepted, you will need a 6 in Physics and one other science, or a 6-6 in Combined Science: Trilogy.

 

The course does have a high demand of both literacy and mathematics so you will also need a 5 in English and a 6 in Maths.

 

You will also need good attendance & commitment grades.

What is the course structure?

The AS Level course is assessed on five modules of core content.

 

The A Level course is assessed on eight modules of core content and one optional module, chosen from a selection of five. Both the AS and A Level courses include a selection of investigations that may be assessed in the examination. In addition, A Level candidates may receive an endorsement for their practical skills which would be awarded alongside their A Level qualification.

What will I study?

A-Level Physics covers:

 

  • Measurements and their errors

  • Particles and radiation

  • Waves

  • Mechanics and materials

  • Electricity

  • Further mechanics and thermal

  • Fields and their consequences

  • Nuclear physics

 

You will also cover one optional unit from:

 

  • Astrophysics

  • Medical physics

  • Engineering physics

  • Turning points in physics

  • Electronics

 

Whilst studying A-Level Physics you will be taught in a variety of styles, both teacher-led and individual study-based. You will be encouraged to think for yourself throughout and to develop your own research and study skills.

 

You will learn how to analyse situations from a physical perspective and will be encouraged to back up your class work with your own research.

 

Physics is a practical science and much of the content is studied using a wide variety of practical techniques and laboratory procedures. There is a series of standard practical tasks that all A-Level students undertake in Year 12 and Year 13.

 

Students have to design and carry out careful experiments and have to interpret and analyse data to reach reliable conclusions. Candidates are awarded a practical endorsement certificate at the end of the A-level.

How is the course assessed?

There are 3 papers and a practical endorsement.

Paper 1

  • Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 85 marks: short and long answer questions (60 marks), and 25 multiple choice questions on content

  • 34% of A-level

Paper 2

  • Section 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 85 marks: short and long answer questions (60 marks), and 25 multiple choice questions on content

  • 34% of A-level

Paper 3

  • Section A: practical skills and data analysis (compulsory section)

  • Section B: question 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 80 marks: short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis (45 marks) and optional topic (35 marks)

  • 32% of A-level

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