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A Level Physics at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

ALevel qualification

Content: 1. Measurements and their errors  2. Particles and radiation  3. Waves 4. Mechanics and materials  5. Electricity  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics.  7. Fields and their consequences  8. Nuclear physics  9. Astrophysics 


Entry requirements

GCSE Additional Science grade 5/6 or Physics Grade 5/6 and GCSE Maths Grade 5/6

NOTE:  It is NOT essential to take A Level Maths with  A level Physics. 




Paper 1 (34% of A2) assesses Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion) and consists of a written exam of 2 hours duration divided into short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions.

Paper 2 (34% of A2) assesses Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8, and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1.  Like paper 1 it consists of a written exam of 2 hours duration divided into short,  long and multiple choice questions.

Paper 3 (32% of A2) assesses “practical skills and data analysis” (45 marks) and the optional topic (35 marks) and consists of a written exam of 2 hours duration containing long and short answer questions.

Financial information

1 text book each for AS and A2 (£20 each), Scientific Calculator (From £5)

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

A Level Physics is essential for physics, geophysics and engineering degrees and is useful for maths, medicine.


Career Opportunities:

The analytical and logical skills that a Physics A level demonstrate are valued in so many professions – law, accountancy, metereology and biochemistry, as well as those already mentioned


Further information

For further information contact the Science team.

Contact Boston Spa Sixth Form on 01937 846612.

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: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years