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PHYSICS A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and there is scarcely a single area of modern life that is not affected by it.  Learning Physics beyond GCSE is both challenging and exciting and will certainly broad your horizons.

Course content

The AQA A Level Physics course is comprised of eight key topics alongside one chosen optional topic.


  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics


  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical physics
  3. Engineering physics
  4. Turning points in physics
  5. Electronics

Topics such as Mechanics, Waves and Electricity go on to develop ideas already seen at GCSE.  Other new topics such as Particle Physics deal with more recent developments in Physics, and are essential for understanding the very nature of matter itself.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Sixth Form: At least a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics. You will require a 6 or B grade in most subjects you wish to study at A Level. To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7. A 6 may be considered for Science on the condition that a Mathematics\ Science related course forms part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway (PEP). For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9. The minimum requirement is four 6 or B grades and two others at a 5 or C grade. (Short Courses count as half a GCSE) . You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for school aims, objectives and ethos. Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community.


Theoretical work and problem solving exercises are supported by practical work.  Students will perform a number of standard experiments in order to improve their planning and practical ability.  Skills in data analysis will also be developed in order to make sense of experimental results.

Assessment will be made by way of three externally marked examinations, one of which will include aspects of practical work and data analysis.

Future opportunities

Whether you want to go straight into employment or continue your studies at university, an A Level in Physics will help you stand out from the crowd.  The analytical and problem solving skills developed in Physics are highly valued by prospective employers and Physicists are always in demand in many diverse and stimulating areas of employment.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years