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Physics AS and A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Year 1 Physics

1 Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and radiation

3 Waves

4 Mechanics and materials

5 Electricity

Year 2 Physics

6 practical activities assessed as part of the examinations

6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

Two examinations   worth  50% each

7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics

9-13 Option

Topics 1-6, one exam,  34% of the final grade

Topics 5-8 one exam,  34% of the A level

Practical Skills and Data analysis and Option one exam, 32% of the A level

12 practical activities assessed as part of the examinations


Course content

The specification has been developed, to ensure that the subject content is relevant to real world experiences and is interesting to teach and learn. It is presented in a straightforward way, giving students the freedom to learn in the way that works for them.

Physics is a stepping stone to future study, the specification allows students to develop the skills that universities want to see.

The specification will support and inspire students, nurture a passion for Physics and lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering.


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 grades at GCSE, includind 2 x grade 6 in sciences and grade 5 in matths.. 



Year 1 Two examinations: worth 50% each

Year 2 Three examinations:  Paper one and two worth 34% each, paper three worth 32%.

Students will complete practical activities and be expected to apply knowledge and understanding in their written exams. Practical-based questions will form approximately 15% of the total assessment. 

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Future opportunities

Physics is a traditional subject and is identified as a key facilitating subject by the Russell Group of Elite Universities. Physics is a solid choice for students considering a career in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Computing, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Environmental Science. Physics will also prepare students for careers in industry, such as those within the engineering or electronics sectors.

Further information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the science department, or check the  A Level specification on the AQA website:

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: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years