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