Physics

Mr T E Norris, BSc Nottingham, MA, PGCE, M.Inst.P.

Examination body: AQA

An A Level in Physics is always highly regarded and lends itself to many degree courses due to the problem-solving nature of the content and examination. 

A spokesperson for the Institute of Physics says: “Physicists are involved in finding solutions to many of our most pressing challenges – as well as studying atoms or making sense of the extra-terrestrial, physicists diagnose disease, model the climate, design computer games, predict markets and design hi-tech goods. Studying physics opens doors.”

At A Level, you will study:

  • measurements and their errors
  • particles and radiation
  • waves
  • mechanics and materials
  • electricity
  • further mechanics and thermal physics
  • fields and their consequences
  • nuclear physics
  • astrophysics.

 

Entry Requirements

GCSE Physics or Double Award Science with a minimum grade B is required. If you achieve the minimum standard, you must also accept that consistent hard work is essential for success.

Delivery and assessment

The course is linear and consists of 9 topic areas. All pupils are entered in June of Year 13.

The work involves lectures and regular assessments. In addition, practical skills are assessed on numerous occasions. It is important that time should be spent outside the laboratory on gainful reading and thorough study of the subject matter covered.

There are 12 required practicals which are undertaken throughout Year 12 and Year 13. This is in addition to the heavy practical weighting to most lessons, including the use of new and advanced apparatus.

The content is examined by three written papers.

James Whitbread

James studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A2 Level, and Geography at AS Level, and is now studying Physics at Durham University. This well-renowned institute consistently ranks in the top 5 nationally for the Physical Sciences and the top 50 globally. James was a founding member of CASA, the lunchtime activity where pupils can develop their rocket science skills.