Physics

Course type: A Level • Awarding/exam body: AQA
Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. A strong aptitude for maths coupled with a full scientific understanding will allow you to engage with and explore endless physical ideas and concepts.

Course Units

Unit 01: Measurements and their errors

Unit 02: Particles and radiation

Unit 03: Waves

Unit 04: Mechanics and materials

Unit 05: Electricity

Unit 06: Further mechanics and thermal physics

Unit 07: Fields and their consequences

Unit 08: Nuclear physics

Course Assessment

Assessment is 100% examination-based, with twelve standard experiments being assessed and awarded independently.

This Course Can Lead To…

It is strongly recommended to study Physics with A level Mathematics as this is essential for most physical science or engineering based degree courses. A level Physics is a very good indicator of a student’s academic ability and is therefore highly regarded by most universities, including law and accountancy. In particular, Physics is essential for those wishing to study a Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Architecture or Medicine at degree level.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Core Science and Grade 7 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
OR
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 7 in Core Science and Grade 6 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
OR
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Physics; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)

• Requirement to do Physics with Maths

Course Highlights

In 2017 students visited the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland. Not only is this the International number one laboratory for Physics but it is also where the Internet was born.