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Physics A-Level at Oakgrove School

Course description

This is an A-Level course in Physics, consisting of 9 sections.

Course content

Section 1: Measurements and their Errors
This section spans the entire course and involves acquiring a working knowledge of the fundamental units of measurement, an awareness of the nature of errors and an ability to make reasonable estimations.

Section 2: Particles and Radiation
An introduction to the fundamental properties of matter, electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena.

Section 3: Waves
An extension of GCSE work on the characteristics, properties, and applications of travelling waves and stationary waves.

Section 4: Mechanics and Materials
The principles of vectors are introduced by building on knowledge and understanding of forces, energy and momentum. The section continues with a study of materials considered in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength.

Section 5: Electricity
This section builds on and develops GCSE study of electrical circuits in the contexts of alternating and direct current.

Section 6: Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
The earlier study of mechanics is further advanced through consideration of circular motion and simple harmonic motion. A further section allows the thermal properties of materials, the properties and nature of ideal gases, and the molecular kinetic theory to be studied in depth.

Section 7: Fields and their Consequences
The ideas of gravitation, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are developed in the topic. Many ideas from mechanics and electricity from earlier in the course support this and are further developed. Practical applications considered include: planetary and satellite orbits, capacitor charge and discharge through resistors, and electromagnetic induction. These topics have considerable impact on modern society.

Section 8: Nuclear Physics
This section builds on the work of Particles and radiation to link the properties of the nucleus to the production of nuclear power through the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei, and the link between energy and mass. Students should become aware of the physics that underpins nuclear energy production and also of the impact that it can have on society.

Sections 9-13: Optional Topic
One topic from this section will be studied. Titles are as follows:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Turning Points in Physics
  • Electronics



Paper 1: 1 h 30 min 70 marks 50% of AS Written answers on sections 1-5

Paper 2: 1 h 30 min 70 marks 50% of AS Section A: 20 marks - practical skills and data analysis Section B: 20 marks - all areas of AS content Section C: 30 multiple choice questions


Paper 1: 2 h 85 marks 34% of A level 60 marks of written answers and 25 multiple choice questions on sections 1-5 and Periodic Motion

Paper 2: 2 h 85 marks 34% of A level 60 marks of written answers and 25 multiple choice questions on sections 7, 8 and Thermal Physics

Paper 3: 2 h 80 marks 32% of A level Section A 45 marks of written answers on practical skills and data analysis. Section B 35 marks of written answers on the optional topic


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oakgrove School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years