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Physics AS / A2 at Thornton Grammar School

Course description

The AQA Physics course builds upon previous GCSE subject knowledge and provides an deeper understanding of the way the Universe around us works – form the largest of objects that exist in the cosmos down to the smallest of sub-atomic particles.

Course content

At AS, this specification introduces new topics as well as building on previous studies in physics.

  • Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
  • Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves
  • Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills


At A2, this specification builds on AS physics (A) and includes optional topics:

  • Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics
  • Unit 5: This unit comprises two sections
    • Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics
    • Section B: Option Units

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A*- C in 5 subjects, preferably including English and/or Mathematics, with GCSE Grade B in a relevant subject

GCSE Separate Sciences - grades B,B,C – (including B in Physics)

OR Core and Additional Science - grades B,B

AND Grade B in GCSE Mathematics and Grade C in GCSE English


Must pass AS course to continue onto A2 Physics


AS – Unit 1 and Unit 2 assessed by 1 1/4 hour exams. Unit 3 by practical exam and paper

A2 – Unit 4 and Unit 5 assessed by 1 3/4 hour exams. Unit 6 by practical exam and paper

A practical skills unit in each year of the course makes up 20% of the overall grades for AS and A2. This involves a practical carried out in examination conditions followed by a written paper (1 hour) related to the practical.


Future opportunities

AS - A2 Physics and some physics related higher education courses (although full advanced level usually preferred

Further information

Students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per hour taught in class including preparatory reading.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thornton Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS - 1 year A2 - 1 year