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Physics A level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Paper 1
  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Periodic motion
Paper 2
  • Thermal Physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
Paper 3
  • Practical skills and data analysis
Plus 1 from the following list:
  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics
There is also an ‘Endorsement of practical skills’ which is awarded separately to the A-Level grade. This is assessed internally through 12 set practicals throughout the course.

Entry requirements

To follow a programme of A-Level subjects, students must have a minimum of 5.5 GCSE points from at least six GCSEs, which must include English and Mathematics (at grade 5). 
To study A-Level Science it is necessary to have a grade B in the appropriate GCSE separate Science or grade BB in any of the GCSE courses in Science; it is also necessary to have a grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
GCSE equivalence grades at C or above, from courses such as BTECs, will not be sufficient to study Mathematics or Science at AS Level.
All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.


1.  Physics Paper 1:  Written Exam: 2hr - 34% of A level
2.  Physics Paper 2:  Written Exam: 2hr - 34% of A level
3.  Physics Paper 3:  Written Exam: 2hr - 32% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016

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