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A-Level Physics at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level Physics : AQA : Is the Science which deals with the properties and concepts of energy and matter, and the fundamental principles that explain how the Universe operates.

Course content

Year 1:

Measurement and errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and material, electricity.

Year 2:

Further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and consequences, nuclear physics, medical physics.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths and Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics or GCSE Combined Science



The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2 hour papers in June of the second year of study.    Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students progression in both years.

Note there is no longer a coursework or controlled assessment unit but courseework skills will be assessed as part of the exam.

Future opportunities

Higher Education courses in Engineering, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences and Materials, often require A Levels in Physics.

Other courses in which Physics is useful include Medicine, Dentistry and Applied Sciences.

Further information

  • Taught by two members of staff. Two parallel theory courses are supplemented by sessions which are largely practical.
  • 'Drop-in' sessions to help with any difficulties are encouraged.
  • We expect well - motivated students who have an interest in the subject.
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of a team at different times, is an advantage.
  • Students who are numerate or are comfortable with numbers will generally succeed in this subject - they do not have to do A Level Maths.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.