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Physics A Level at Don Valley School and Performing Arts College

Course description

Students will follow the AQA Physics B – Physics in Context course. The Physics course will push students to develop their problem solving skills, practical techniques and data handling abilities, enable them to make independent decisions and teach them how to analyse, present and communicate with people.

The AS course covers a whole range of topics ranging from Space and the Universe to the structure of atoms and the Large Hadron Collider.

The A2 course covers topics in a more depth including gravity, circular motion, rocket launches, electromagnetic induction and X-rays.

If you are interested in how the world around you actually works then this is the course for you!

Practical work is integrated into the course throughout the two years and forms part of the assessment process. There will also be an ongoing programme of past examination questions that will be completed in lessons and as homework.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.


The AS Course is assessed by three units

  • Unit 1 — Harmony and Structure in the Universe (sound, nuclei, fundamental particles, photons, Big Bang, stars)
  • Unit 2 — Physics Keeps Us Going (terminal velocity, energy in sport, energy in the Sun, electricity, solar power)
  • Unit 3 — Investigative and Practical Skills (Practical Exam)

The A2 course is also assessed by three units

  • Unit 4 — Physics Inside and Out (gravity, pressure, rocket science, simple harmonic motion, earthquakes)
  • Unit 5 — Energy Under the Microscope (particle accelerators, nuclear radiation, fission and fusion)
  • Unit 6 — Investigative and Practical Skills (Practical Exam)

Future opportunities

The GCE in Physics qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a very wide choice of progression options into further study at university, training or relevant employment.

Students interested in any type of physics, math’s, biology or chemistry course at university will be well equipped to move on to degree level work with a successful qualification at Physics A Level.

Possible careers include medicine, engineering, science research, architecture, teaching, astrophysics, astronomy, communications, energy resources, law and finance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Don Valley School and Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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