Course type: A Level • Awarding/exam body: AQA
Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. A strong aptitude for maths, coupled with a comprehensive scientific understanding, will enable students to engage with and explore various physical ideas and concepts. It is strongly recommended to study Physics with A Level Mathematics as this is essential for most physical science or engineering based degree courses.
Unit 01: Measurements and their errors
Unit 02: Particles and radiation
Unit 03: Waves
Unit 04: Mechanics and materials
Unit 05: Electricity
Unit 06: Further mechanics and thermal physics
Unit 07: Fields and their consequences
Unit 08: Nuclear physics
Assessment is 100% examination-based, with twelve standard experiments being assessed and awarded independently.
A level Physics is a very good indicator of a student’s academic ability and, therefore, highly regarded by most universities for courses including Law and Accountancy. In particular, Physics is essential for those wishing to study a Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Architecture or Medicine degree.
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Core Science and Grade 7 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 4.8 or above
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 7 in Core Science and Grade 6 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 4.8 or above
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Physics and Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Biology; GCSE score of 4.8 or above
(N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
In 2020 we are planning a subsidised student trip to visit the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland. Not only is this the International number one laboratory for Physics, but also the birthplace of the internet.