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Physics AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

The application of scientific knowledge in modern technology and medicine affects every aspect of our lives, and a widespread understanding of science is vital for any modern society. In Physics we place an emphasis upon the understanding of scientific principles and their applications in everyday life, and the course involves a large element of practical work. 


The AQA A level in Physics builds on mainly the second module of GCSE Additional Science. Through the two years there are eight areas of study, including one “option” module in the second year.  The AQA also includes a large amount of practical work through the two years including 12 core experiments. The course give a general insight into how the physical world works and gives a very good grounding in general science.

A level Physics is a widely respected A level and would go very well alongside Chemistry and Maths based A Levels.

Course content


Students will study Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity.

YEAR 13 

Students will then continue their studies including Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Fields and Their Consequences, Nuclear Physics and one out of Astrophysics/Medical Physics/Engineering Physics/Turning Points in Physics/Electronics.


At the end of the A level course students will sit three exams:

  • Paper 1 (34% of the A level) – The year 12 material and some Further Mechanics 
  • Paper 2 (34% of the A level) – Thermal Physics, Fields and Nuclear Physics (plus aspects of paper 1 content)
  • Paper 3 (32% of the A level) - Practical Skills and Data Analysis Paper plus the optional module

Each Exam Paper is 2 hours long. There is no coursework.

There are 12 compulsory practicals throughout the course, the content of which are tested in each exam (and mainly in Paper 3). The A level in Physics will be graded A*-E with a pass or fail in Practical Skills (called a Practical Endorsement). If a student is absent for one of these practicals they must do the practical at a point convenient for the teachers. Students missing any practicals will not pass the Practical Endorsement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haydon School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years