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PHYSICS - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


The AQA Physics course is one of the most respected Physics course available. It uses contexts and applications to maintain interest and motivate students and highlights for them some of the many career areas that involve Physics. The course is designed to allow a smooth transition from the GCSE Science courses.

Course content


Unit 1: This unit involves two contrasting topics in physics: particle physics and electricity. Particle physics introduces students to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena. In contrast, the study of electricity in this module builds on and develops previous GCSE studies and provides opportunities for practical work and looks into important applications.

Unit 2: This unit is about the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves. It develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from GCSE Science. In the second section, materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength. GCSE studies on waves are extended by studying the characteristics, properties and applications of waves, including refraction, diffraction, superposition and Interference.


Unit 3: This unit advances the study of momentum and introduces circular and oscillatory motion and gravitation. Electric and magnetic fields are covered, together with basic electromagnetic induction, capacitors, and the generation and transmission of electricity.

Unit 4: This consists of two sections. The first looks at characteristics of the nucleus and how this can provide energy, and the thermal properties of materials. This is followed by an optional topic, which may change each year. Unit 3 and 4 are externally assessed by means of exams in June. There are three exams, paper one consists of Units 1, 2 and 3 and is worth 34%. Paper two consists of Units 1-4 and is worth 34%. Paper 3 consists of Units 1-4 and includes practical skills and data analysis. This paper is worth 32%.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved two B grades or above in GCSE Science, a grade 5 in Maths, and have an Average Points Score of at least 43 across all GCSE subjects.

Future opportunities


Physics is a respected academic subject whose graduates are much in demand. It is also an essential subject for further study in Engineering, Astronomy and Robotics. Physics is a useful subject for careers in Medicine, Law and Business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September