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Physics A-level at Dixons Allerton Academy

Course description

In an ever changing world Physics is a key science subject. Knowledge of physics opens doors to many careers and opportunities. The new course which has been taught at DAA since 2015 has a strong mathematical bias and it is important that you feel confident with Maths; this includes concepts such as rearranging equations, and trigonometry. Many of the units you studied at GCSE are continued such as electricity, light, magnetism and mechanics; however new areas of Physics will be introduced which you have not seen before such as Quantum and fundamental particles. The new emphasis on practical skills will mean you will be testing exciting aspects of your everyday world such as the strength of gravity or the effect on a body with zero friction.

Course content

Core content

  •  Measurements and their errors
  •  Particles and radiation
  •  Waves
  •  Mechanics and materials
  •  Electricity
  •  Further mechanics and thermal physics
  •  Fields and their consequences
  •  Nuclear physics


  •  Astrophysics
  •  Medical physics
  •  Engineering physics
  •  Turning points in physics
  •  Electronics

Entry requirements

Minimum grade B in Science (Core and Additional), grade 5 in English and 7 in Maths


Paper 1:
What’s assessed:
Sections 1–5 and 6.1
(Periodic motion)

How it’s assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours
85 marks
34% of A-level

Paper 2:
What’s assessed:
Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics),
7 and 8 Assumed knowledge
from sections 1 to 6.1

How it’s assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours
85 marks
34% of A-level

Paper 3:
What’s assessed:

Section A: Compulsory section:
Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one
of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

How it’s assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours
80 marks
32% of A-level

A-level practical skills to be assessed via endorsement: A minimum of 12 practical activities to be carried out by each scholar which, together, meet the requirements from the prescribed subject content, published by the Department for Education.

The required practical activities will be defined by each awarding organisation.


Future opportunities

Careers and Opportunities for Further Study

  • Medicine 
  • Engineering 
  • Consultancy 
  • Teaching 
  • IT 
  • Games/Software Development
  • Construction 
  • Astrophysics
  •  Programming 
  • Civil Service
  • Scientific Research 
  • Optometry 
  • Pharmacy
  •  Dentistry 
  • Geotechnics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dixons Allerton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2017
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