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Physics A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

The Physics A specification has been designed to provide a seamless transition to A level for students from their previous studies at Additional Science GCSE. Students are introduced to new and exciting areas of Physics whilst developing essential knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the subject.

Course content

The specification aims to introduce students to new and exciting areas of physics as well as to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the subject.The specification provides a wide range of opportunities to develop How Science Worksby linking the general criteria on the nature of science to specific topics throughout the specification. In addition, through internal assessment via PSAs and ISAs, students will gain a deep awareness of how science in practice works. Thus the specification places physics in exciting and interesting contexts which are within the grasp of GCE level students, it demonstrates How Science Worksin practice and it provides clear continuity from GCSE and progression to university

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Double Award Science is desirable for success on this course. Candidates must also have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Mathematics.


Year One - AS Unit 1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity : This covers particles and antiparticles, from electrons and positrons to neutrinos, antineutrinos and quarks. You will study many particle properties including charge, strangeness and excitation. 40% of AS 20% of A Level Unit 2

Future opportunities

An A level in Physics provides opportunities for challenging and exciting careers in many professions. Aside from the more obvious applications in the mathematical, science, engineering and medical fields, a Physics qualification provides significant transferrable skills which can be developed in a wide number of areas. Examples of these include problem solving, analytical ability, mathematical modelling and communication. An A level qualification in Physics can lead to a University course in the Sciences and Engineering or further study in areas such as Mathematics, Finance or Law.

Further information

Detailed information relating to the course is available on the AQA website.

Further information relating to the course can be obtained by contacting Mr D. James atHolyFamilySchool. A practical-based taster session will be available in June 2010.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year