Physics

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience. The most popular degree courses by students with an A-level in Physics are Maths, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Civil Engineering.

Course outline
The first year of A-level consists of 5 topics: Measurements & Their Units, Particles & Radiation, Waves, Mechanics & Energy and Electricity. These will be assessed in Paper 1 at the end of the A-level course. This accounts for 34% of the A-level. The second year of A-level consists of 3 main topics: Further Mechanics & Thermal Physics, Fields and Nuclear Physics. These will be assessed in Paper 2 at the end of the A-level course. This accounts for 34% of the A-level. There is also one optional topic taught in the second year which is assessed in Paper 3 along with the students’ practical and data analysis skills. This will be based on the 12 practical experiments that the students will carry out over the two year course. There is no longer any coursework in this subject.

Resources
Students will have access to a digital textbook for both years of the A-level. They will also be able to access all of their teachers’ resources, such as PowerPoints and past exam papers, via the shared online storage.
The course is supported by the website: www.aqa.org.uk/physics. We also have a selection of advanced Physics textbooks available in our 6th form library.

Where will it lead to?
A Level Physics leads to a wide range of careers. This includes Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Material Technology, Forensic Science, Engineering, Meteorology, and Medical Physics. It also complements intended careers in Medicine, Mathematics, Computing, Finance, Law, Accountancy and many more areas.