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Specification AQA Physics
Contact Mr J Mackenzie (Curriculum Leader: Physics)
Entry Requirements B grades in all examined units in either GCSE Physics or GCSE Core and Additional Science and at least a grade 6 in Mathematics.


Is this course for me?

Take Physics because you like understanding how the world works, you like to think and solve practical problems, you enjoy practical work, you are comfortable with maths and equations and you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work!

Where can it take me?

Students who have studied Physics often go on into careers such as engineering, finance, scientific research and many more. Students considering oversubscribed courses such as Medicine and Veterinary Science often choose Physics to demonstrate their calibre and set themselves apart from the rest of the field! They are seen by employers to have exceptional problem solving skills, the ability to work in a logical manner and are able to work to a high standard.

What do current students think?

  • “Physics is a wonderful subject that encompasses lots of skills such as Maths, English and having fun!”
  • “I enjoy Physics due to the way the teachers put across the subject, ensuring all students understand and making it an enjoyable experience along the way.”
  • “After enjoying GCSE Physics and Astronomy I decided to continue to do A Level Physics. I am really glad that I am studying Physics at A Level as we are tackling much more complex and interesting concepts as well as having really fun lessons!”
  • “Physics will challenge you to think about things in a different way … You will feel enlightened!” 



A Level Qualification Structure:

This is a linear qualification with students sitting exams at the end of the two year course through the completion of three two-hour exams. Question papers are a mixture of long, short and multiple choice questions. 15% of the marks in paper three will be assessing practical knowledge, with an internally assessed practical endorsement from teachers after completion of 12 required practicals over the course.

Core Content

1. Measurements and their errors

2. Particles and radiation

3. Waves

4. Mechanics and materials

5. Electricity

6. Further mechanics and thermal physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear physics

Options – one option taken from below (TBC)

9. Astrophysics

10. Medical physics

11. Engineering physics

12. Turning points in physics

13. Electronics


Specification AQA Physics
Contact Miss E Belfield (Curriculum Leader: Physics, Astronomy)
Entry requirements Grade B or above in GCSE Physics or Additional Science and GCSE Mathematics.


Please note: Physics has a new, reformed Specification for 2015, in which the AS and Advanced Level are standalone qualifications.


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