Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level
Exam Board: AQA
It is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE Grade 7 or above in Combined Science or Grade 7 in Physics. During the course, students will be expected to handle and interpret data so it is also expected that students will have achieved a GCSE Grade 7 in Mathematics.
- develop a greater understanding of physical facts together with an appreciation of their significance in new and changing situations.
- develop a greater expertise in the area of practical work and the link between theory and experimental work.
- continue to enjoy and further develop a personal interest in the physical world.
- examine the recognition of the responsible use of Physics in society and the awareness of developments in Physics in an ever changing world.
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and radiation
- Mechanics and materials
- Further mechanics and thermal physics
- Fields and their consequences
- Nuclear physics
- Medical physics
- Engineering physics
- Turning points in physics
Paper 1: Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion). Written exam of 2 hours. 85 marks comprised of 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content. (34% of A-Level)
Paper 2: Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6. Written exam of 2 hours. 85 marks comprised of 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content. (34% of A-Level)
Paper 3: Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis and Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13. Written exam of 2 hours. 80 marks comprised of 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis and 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic. (32% of A-Level)
Employers of Physics graduates include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry. Industries employing physicists are varied and include: Aerospace and defence; Education; Energy; Engineering; Instrumentation; Manufacturing; Oil and Gas; Science and Telecommunications.