A-Level Physics

Overview

The laws of physics is the canvas God laid down on which to paint his masterpiece

-Dan Brown

Today, physics is a broad and highly developed subject. As an experimental science, its goal is to understand the natural world. When you study A-level physics, you can learn about something as vast and unquantifiable as the galaxy or universe, or you can be studying the minutiae of the tiniest particles, such as atoms. Physics is fundamentally an experimental subject. Studying Physics provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

Key Information

  • Qualification: A-Level

  • Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements

  • English 5+

  • Maths 7+

  • Double Science 7+|7+

Useful Links

Paper 1:


What's assessed:

-Measurements and their errors

-Particles and radiation

-Waves

-Mechanics and materials

-Electricity

-Periodic motion

  • written exam: 2 hours

  • 85 marks

  • 34% of A-level

  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.


Paper 2:


What's assessed:

-Thermal Physics

-Fields and their consequences

-Nuclear physics

  • written exam: 2 hours

  • 85 marks

  • 34% of A-level

  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.


Paper 3:


What's assessed:

-Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

-Section B: Students enter for one of the following.. Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics or Electronics.

  • written exam: 2 hours

  • 80 marks

  • 32% of A-level

  • 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.

  • 35 marks of short and long answer questions on an optional topic

Progression


Physics and the problem solving skills it develops is useful in many different careers. Many students continue to study physics at university or as an apprenticeship. There is a large range of job opportunities related to physics, some of which include;

  • Aerospace engineers

  • Architects

  • Biomedical engineers

  • General practitioners

  • Pharmacologists

  • Radiographers

  • Medical technology

What goes well with Physics?

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Maths

  • Psychology

  • Sport