A-Level Physics is a two-year linear course culminating in terminal examinations. The practical aspect of physics is no longer assessed through coursework, but instead in exam questions within the A2 papers. Practical activities are still an integral part of the course, and students will work towards gaining a Practical Endorsement of their skills. We do not enter students for the AS examinations at the end of Y12, instead choosing to internally assess their progress at that stage of the course. The result of this internal assessment is rigorously checked against national standards and the grade that students attain is comparable to the AS qualification.
A-Level Physics can lead to a variety of careers. Law and accountancy firms employ Physics graduates, but more typical destinations include Engineering, Hardware and Software Businesses, Education, IT Consultancy, Research Associates, Systems or Data Analysis, Web Development and Medical Physics.
Enrichment opportunities in Physics include: visiting speakers to discuss STEM-related careers; Isaac Physics boot camps; trips to Science Live to hear notable Physicists speak about their subject; lunchtime and after school support sessions; an annual trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland (subject to Government guidance; roughly £300 – £400 to cover the costs of flights and accommodation).
5 GCSEs 9 – 5 including English. Grade 6 Physics or 7/6 Combined Science and Grade 6 Mathematics.
Students will study the following topics:
• Particles and Radiation
• Mechanics and Materials
Students will build on their work in Y12 by studying:
• Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
• Fields and their Consequences
• Nuclear Physics
The Examination Board for this course is AQA.
• Paper 1: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of grade, includes multiple choice
• Paper 2: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of grade, includes multiple choice
• Paper 3: 2 hours, 80 marks, 32% of grade, no multiple choice