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AQA A Level Physics

Year 13 Course Overview

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

Summer term:

Final preparation for exams including the use of scientific language, concise scientific writing and exam technique.

Practical work

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six additional required practical activities. This totals to 12 assessed practical activities over the two years. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final grade. Practical work will be completed by February Half Term in order to allow full focus on preparation for the final exams in the summer.


This qualification is linear; students will sit all their public exams at the end of their A level course/end of Year 13.

During the course:

  • Half termly testing on recent and previous work.
  • Pre-public exam in exam conditions and final A level examination in May/June of Year 13 following this format:

Paper 1 (34%)

  • Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion) (34%)
  • 85 marks – 2 hours
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 2 (34%)

  • Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1
  • 85 marks – 2 hours
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 3 (32%)

  • Practical skills and data analysis and Astrophysics
  • 85 marks – 2 hours
  • 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis, 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic

Useful Information





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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