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Physics A Level (AQA) (Block D) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

Unlike the other sciences, physics has no limits – everything in your life, on this planet, other planets, to the far reaches of universe and beyond relates to physics. We’d be a bit lost without physics. All the gadgets that we take for granted like laptops and mobile phones wouldn’t be here.

Nor would the electricity supply that charges them and powers so many other things we use everyday. Did you know that a physicist invented the World Wide Web? It’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet, but when you were born almost no one had heard of it.

Physicists are constantly finding new things. They have recently shown that teleportation is possible – who knows what that will lead to? Physics also deals with the big questions: How do we search for aliens? Are there parallel universes? Will we ever travel back in time?

You will already have come across some of the concepts of physics at GCSE: forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A level you will start to see how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies.

Course content

Units (Mandatory)

Unit 1    Measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, periodic motion

Unit 2    Thermal physics, fields and their consequences, nuclear physics

Unit 3    Practical skills, data analysis and astrophysics (option)

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 6+ in Core and Additional Science and Maths as well as 6+ in GCSE Maths and 5+ in GCSE English.


Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (34%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (34%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (32%)

Future opportunities

A level Physics uses your investigative, mathematical and logic skills. This can lead to a number of different careers, including many within technology, engineering and scientific research. 

Physics is a highly regarded qualification that can open doors to many other surprising and interesting career paths. 

A level Physics complements the other sciences and can help you on your way to careers in marine biology or chemical engineering. The demanding nature of the course also means it could lead you to a career in finance or business.

Further information

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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: 02 November 2017
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