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Physics A Level at Lady Manners School

Course description

A level Physics follows the AQA syllabus.

First Year of A Level Content:

  1. Measurements and their errors.
  2. Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms.
  3. Waves, including progressive waves, interference and diffraction.
  4. Mechanics and energy, including projectile motion, and Newton’s laws of motion.
  5. Electricity, including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance.

Second Year of A Level Content:

  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics, including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model
  2. Fields, including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density
  3. 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

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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