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Physics

Physics

Entry Requirements

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature and Grade 7 in Maths. In addition, an A in Physics and B in 2 other sciences is required if you have taken Triple Science, or an A in both Core and Additional Science. 

Expectations/Resources

There is a huge difference in the amount of time you will need to devote to your A Level studies compared to GCSE. You should spend at least one hour after every lesson consolidating your learning, trying questions from the topic and noting if there is anything you need to ask your teacher next lesson. This is in addition to any independent learning, assessed work and practical tasks that will be set weekly.

You should have your own scientific calculator and a subject revision guide.

Why study Physics at A Level?

Physics A Level increases both the breadth and depth of your understanding of the physical world and how it works. You will learn areas of the subject that you will probably not have encountered before such as quantum and particle physics. In the more well-known areas such as mechanics and electricity, you will also find A Level Physics gives you the tools to work things out to a much greater depth than at GCSE, meaning you can take real-life situations and actually apply what you are learning.

Physics at A Level provides an excellent basis for higher education courses from Engineering to Medicine, Business or of course Physics as well as providing you with a wide range of useful skills which are transferable to any subject or field of work. Physics qualifications of any level are widely well respected as demonstrating that the holder is a clear thinker and a problem solver. For this reason Physics qualifications are greatly valued by a large number of universities and businesses.

The Course

The structure of the Physics A Level has changed, with the new reformed courses having been introduced in September 2015. The reformed courses are designed to better prepare you for the challenges of their University course and future employment. The content of the new A Level course builds on the previously taught courses, but have been reviewed and adapted to reflect the constant evolution of our understanding of Physics concepts. The structure of the assessment has also changed, although you will still be required to prepare for and sit external exams in the summer of the second year, alongside completing a series of practical tasks.

The websites below give further Information on the structure and content of the new A Level Physics course:

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

 

How will you be assessed?

Three external exams, all 2 hours in duration, taking at the end of two years. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are each worth 85 marks and 34% of the final A Level. Paper 3 is worth 80 marks and is 32% of the final A Level.  You will also need to complete a programme of compulsory practical activities in order to achieve the practical endorsement in Physics.

Exam board: AQA