A level Physics

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: AQA

Introduction

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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 1: Measurements and their errors

    UNIT 2: Particles and radiation

    UNIT 3: Waves

    UNIT 4: Mechanics and materials

    UNIT 5: Electricity

    UNIT 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics

    UNIT 7: Fields and their consequences

    UNIT 8: 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...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course 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)

    Please refer to subject combinations below:

    Science and maths subjectcombinations:
    • Requirement to do Chemistry with either Physics or Biology
    • Requirement to do Physics with Maths
    • Preference to do Biology with Chemistry

  • 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.
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