Physics A Level at Lady Manners School
A level Physics follows the AQA syllabus.
First Year of A Level Content:
- Measurements and their errors.
- Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms.
- Waves, including progressive waves, interference and diffraction.
- Mechanics and energy, including projectile motion, and Newton’s laws of motion.
- Electricity, including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance.
Second Year of A Level Content:
- Further mechanics and thermal physics, including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model
- Fields, including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density
- Nuclear physics, including evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay, nuclear instability
Plus one option from:
- Astrophysics, including classification of stars by luminosity, Doppler effect, detection of exoplanets
- Medical physics, including physics of vision, ECG machines, x-ray imaging
- Engineering physics, including rotational dynamics, thermodynamics and engines
- Turning points in physics, including discovery of the electron, Einstein’s theory of (special) relativity
- Electronics, including discrete semiconductor devices, data communication
Grade B in Additional Science or Physics. GCSE Mathematics Grade 5 is required.
- All exams will be taken at the end of the course.
- There will be three A Level exams of 2 hours duration each.
- Most of the practical questions will be in paper 3 of the A Level.
- Exams will include long and short answer written questions, calculations, and multiple choice.
- Students' practical skills will be teacher assessed over 12 practicals (set by AQA) and awarded a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, which will be annotated on their certificate.
- Students’ knowledge and understanding of these practicals will be assessed in exam papers which will make up 15% of their exam mark.
- There will be no assessed coursework.
Physics demonstrates to a potential employer that you can think logically and work hard. It allows you to follow a wide range of career paths - not just the scientific ones.
Around 10% of A Level students pursue pure sciences at university. The course will help prepare students for a wide range of possible university destinations including medicine, engineering and electronics.
Physics is listed by the Russell Group as a facilitating subject which means it helps gain admission to a wide variety of competitive higher education courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Manners School directly.