Sixth-form a-level-physics

A Level


What could this course lead to?

A Level Physics is highly regarded as an excellent preparation for university courses in engineering, the medical sciences and mathematics, as well as being essential for further studies in physics and astrophysics.

GCSEs required

Grade B or above in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science. Equivalent of a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. Other candidates will be considered on their individual merits.

What will I be studying?

The study of Physics provides an insight into the fundamental laws of the Universe, as well as providing an excellent understanding of physics applications in the modern world. You will carry out a variety of experiments and develop skills in using a range of measuring instruments. It should be noted 
that physics at this level has a mathematical heart!

Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?

We organise excursions to physics related events, such as lectures organised by universities and other institutions.

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

Apart from those university subjects mentioned above, Physics A Level has an excellent value for many other university courses, due to its mathematical content and the wide range of skills which it helps to develop.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

It is not essential to study AS or A Level Mathematics alongside Physics A Level, unless a university course in physics, engineering, mathematics or a similar subject is being considered. However, the study of mathematics will usually be an advantage.

How is it examined?

An AS in Physics will provide support to a wide range of higher education courses or to a wide range of employment choices.

A Level and AS Level Physics

From September 2015, both the A Level and AS Level courses will be linear. These are now seen as two separate qualifications although a successful AS candidate could convert to the full A Level course. There is no coursework for either qualification but practical work, set by the AQA examination board, will be completed throughout the courses and questions related to this practical work will be included in the final written papers.

AS Level

An AS in Physics will be completed in one year and the student will sit all the AS examinations at the end of the AS course.

Subject Content:

  • Measurement and errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

What syllabus do you follow?

AQA As and A Level Physics 7407/7408: www.aqa.org.uk 

Examination Method: Two exams of 1 hour 30 minutes each.

After an AS course it would be possible to complete an A Level course.

A Level

Subject content:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • The chosen option for this course will be astrophysics

Assessed by: Three papers will be made up of short and long answer questions

  • Paper 1: 2 hours - 34% of A Level. Topics 1-5 and 6.1, (Periodic motion). 
  • Paper 2: 2 hours - 34% of A Level. Topics 6.2, 7 and 8, along with assumed knowledge from topics 1-5 and 25 multiple choice questions    
  • Paper 3: 2 hours - 32% of A Level.

Two sections: Section A: 45 marks practical skills and data analysis Section B 35 marks on optional topic Astrophysics Students who undertook the AS examination and then decided to complete the A Level course would still have to take Paper 1 at the end of the A Level course even though it is mainly made up of the AS content.

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