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AQA A Level Physics at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Course content

In the first year of A Level, students cover the following topics: measurements and their errors; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and energy; and electricity.

In the second year of A Level, students continue with:  further mechanics and thermal physics; fields; nuclear physics; plus the optional unit medical physics.

Entry requirements

We would recommend a minimum of two grade 6s at GCSE in science and would prefer a 7+ in physics, with a grade 6+ in mathematics. 


Examinations at A Level

Paper 1 [Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1]: two hours 34% (85 marks; 60 marks short and long answer questions, 25 multiple choice questions)

Paper 2 [Sections 6.2, 7 and 8]: two hours 34 (85 marks; 60 short and long answer questions, 25 multiple choice questions)

Paper 3: two hours 32% (80 marks 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis, 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic)

Twelve compulsory investigations

Future opportunities

Studying A-level physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:


• Geophysicist/field seismologist

• Healthcare scientist, medical physics

• Higher education lecturer

• Radiation protection practitioner

• Research scientist (physical sciences)

• Scientific laboratory technician

• Secondary school teacher

• Meteorologist

• Structural engineer

• Acoustic engineer

• Product/process development scientist

• Systems developer

• Technical author

You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more: the opportunities are endless.

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: 07 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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