KS5 Physics

AS and A-Level

Awarding Body

Useful Websites

Subject Staff

Mr G Hudson (Teacher of Physics)

Student Comment

“At Physics A level you have to apply what you have learnt a lot more than at GCSE.  You also study some new topics like Particle Physics and Quantum Physics.”
“People are impressed when you say you are studying A level Physics – and there are a lot of different things you can go on to study like Engineering where Physics is needed.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, which must include:
GCSE Combined Science (Grade 6-6 or above) & Maths (Grade 6 or above)
Physics & Maths (both Grade 6 or above)

Course Description

Link to AQA Information on AS and A Level PhysicsScience Phy KS5 1

The course can be studied either as an AS-Level course (7407)  or as a full A level (7408).  The AS-Level course will be taught as the first year of the full A level course.

Studying A Level Physics is demanding but students who work hard and follow up their misconceptions and difficulties with staff often exceed beyond their target grades.

Year 12 Content

Topic 1 Measurements and their errors
Topic 2 Particles and Radiation
Topic 3 Waves
Topic 4 Mechanics and Energy
Topic 5 Electricity

Year 13 Content

Topic 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
Topic 7 Fields
Topic 8 Nuclear Physics
Optional Topic Turning Points in Physics

At the end of Year 12, 2 examinations will be undertaken:
Paper 1 – All AS topics (50%) 1 ½ hours 70 marks
Paper 2 – All AS topics, practical skills and data analysis (50%) 1 ½ hours 70 marks – 20 marks practical skills and data handling, 20 marks all topics and 30 marks multiple choice

There are six essential practicals that must be undertaken throughout the year. These contribute to the CPAC practical skills assessment, which is reported as a pass or fail at the end of the two year A-level course.

At the end of Year 13, 3 examinations will be undertaken:
Paper 1 – Topics 1-5 and periodic motion 85 marks (34% of A Level)- 60 marks long and short answers, 25 marks multiple choice.
Paper 2 – Topic 6 -8 85 marks (34% of A Level) )- 60 marks long and short answers, 25 marks multiple choice.
Paper 3 – Practical skills, data analysis and optional topic 80 mark (32% of A Level) – 45 marks on practical skills and data handling, 35 marks on optional topic.

There are 12 essential practicals which must be undertaken throughout the two years which form a practical skills assessment – this will be awarded as pass or fail and is by continuous assessment.

Equipment and Additional Costs
Physics run a non-compulsory trip to CERN biannually.  The next trip is scheduled to take place during the academic year 2019-20.

Physics can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of science and non-science courses at Colleges and Universities.  Physics is clearly a requirement for degree courses in Physics, and is strongly recommended for degree courses in Design and Engineering disciplines and certain Medical courses (such as Radiography). It is also a useful qualification for other Science and Mathematical degree courses.  Physicists are highly sought after in a wide range of careers.