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Physics A Level at Nene Park Academy

Course description

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us and the world beyond us.

It encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.

As a subject challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers. These then lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, curing cancer and developing sustainable energy solutions.

Physics is the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, astronomy, biology and the




Course content

Physics is taught as a full A Level. The course units are as follows:

Year 1 topics

Unit 1 - Measurements and Errors.

Unit 2 - Particles and Radiation.

Unit 3 - Waves

Unit 4 - Mechanics and Materials.

Unit 5 - Electricity.

Year 2 topics

Unit 6 - Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics.

Unit 7 - Fields and their Consequences

Unit 8 - Nuclear Physics.

+ One option topic

Entry requirements

Standard  : Standard: Five GCSE subjects at a minimum grade 4 or the equivalent including Maths and English plus 6's in Core and Additional Science (or 6 in GCSE Physics) with grade 6 in your physics exams and 7 in Maths.


Paper 1 Two hours - 85 marks (34%) Short/long questions = 60 marks; Multiple-choice 25 Marks

Paper 2 Two hours - 85 marks (34%) Short/long questions = 60 marks; Multiple-choice 25 Marks

Paper 3 Two hours - 80 marks (32%) Section A: Practical Skills/Data = 45 marks. Section B: Option Topic - 35 Marks

Students will complete 12 key practical activities.

The exam board will set questions on these investigations.


Further information

Examination Board AQA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nene Park Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Ph

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