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Physics

AQA A Level Physics

Course Overview

Although many people think of Physics as merely a theoretical subject it is actually key to explaining the world around us and plays an important role in everybody’s lives. You will study topics that encompass the entire universe to fragments of atoms and will develop strong problem solving and analytical skills.

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Summer term:

  • Completion of practical activities for Year 12
  • Preparation in use of Scientific language and exam technique
  • Commencement of Year 13 work in June, after the end of year assessment

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six required practical activities. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.

Assessment:

Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

Mock exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Paper 1 (50%)

  • Content is from sections 1 to 5
  • 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 40 marks of short and structured questions, 30 multiple choice questions

Paper 2 (50%)

  • Content is from sections 1-5
  • 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis, 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across the specification, 30 multiple choice questions

Resources:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

Useful Inforamtion

This qualification is linear; students will sit all their exams at the end of their A-level course.

Entry requirements:

Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6,6 in Combined Science.

Grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade 5 in English

Further opportunities

Progression to University or modern apprenticeship

Physics is a good choice for students considering a career in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Computing, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Environmental Science. Physics will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the engineering or electronics sectors.

Other employment opportunities

Many employers are looking for a science A level as an indication of analytical skills, so some Physics students choose careers in, for example, economics; business; the Civil Service; management and marketing.

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