A Level Physics

Overview:

The A level physics course aims to inspire students, nurture a passion for Physics and lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering. We follow the AQA Physics course (7407 and 7408). AQA has chosen the subject content to try and make it relevant to real world experiences and also to make it interesting to learn.

Structure of the course:

Physics is a linear course meaning all of the A level exams are sat after two years of study. There are optional exams after one year if student wish to gain an AS qualification. However, most pupils will want the full A’ level so will use the AS exams for practice and will then continue on to the full 2 year course.

During the two year course, there are 12 standard practical assessments to complete to gain the practical endorsement. Other practical learning opportunities and demonstrations are also given to aid learning. This should give students the necessary practical skills to pursue science at university.

Core content includes:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Option:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Potential outcomes

An A level in physics is a stepping stone to future study. Therefore, the course has been designed in consultation with universities to ensure it allows students to develop the skills that they want to see. There are a large number of careers that involve physics as it is an essential part of technology and the world around us. For more ideas about possible careers, please follow the following link:
http://www.physics.org/careers.asp?contentid=381

More information

The AQA web site is very useful for schemes of work and other resources:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408