A Level Physics

Exam Board
AQA

Overview
Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain why all matter (that’s every physical thing) and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and why it behaves the way it does.  Physicists use the laws they uncover to develop new materials, machinery, and technology to improve our lives and help us explore the universe further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft. On this course students will study topics such as radiation, electricity, waves and mechanics.

Why Choose This?
Physics will help students to build up their problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills students will be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.  Physics is a seriously useful subject for the majority of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers and physicists can be found everywhere, in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies, research labs and more.

Areas of Study & Assessment
Year 12 units: Measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity

Year 13 units: Further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences, nuclear physics

Optional unit: Usually astrophysics or medical physics

100% examination at the end of Year 13. 12 required practicals will be assessed within the examinations. Five practical competencies (CPAC) must also be mastered.  Teachers will monitor students’ work and will assess them at key points throughout the course.

What Our Students Say
I have recently started studying physics and it has been wonderful. The teachers have been really helpful and the lessons are great. I have really developed my maths skills and have been fascinated by learning about the variety of particles that exist.