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Physics AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

Linear A-level Physics

Units covered:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

Entry requirements

All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at level 6 or above in English language and maths, and 3 other GCSEs at or above grade B.

'A' grade or above at GCSE Maths. 2 'A' grades or above in Double Science including core and additional or 2 'A' grades including Physics and one other science if taken as triple science

Studying A level Maths with Physics is NOT a requirement, but is an advantage, as is taking Physics alongside other Science subjects.


The course is assessed by 3 examinations. Each examination is 2 hours long. Paper 1 assesses units 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion). Paper 2 assesses units 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8.

Paper 3 is in 2 sections. Section A assesses Practical skills including data analysis, Section B assesses the Astrophysics unit.

The coursework element in A level Physics has been replaced by a focus on practical skills over a range of core practicals. As well as answering questions in written exams, students’ practical skills will be assessed by teachers as part of the Practical Endorsement at A level. This is separate to the A level grade and will be reported as a ‘Pass’ on A level certificates.

Overall, at least 40% of the marks in assessments for physics will require the use of mathematical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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