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Physics at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

Course overview 

Physics is an attempt to understand the physical world.  It describes and explains how matter and energy interact by developing an understanding of that interaction.  It is both a simple and mysterious Science with the capacity to excite, amuse, perplex and satisfy.  On the course you will meet some familiar topics and deepen your understanding as well as encounter new topics.  Your learning throughout the course will be supported by extensive practical work.  This provides an opportunity to develop high levels of practical competence and analysing the associated data, improves mathematical skills and critical thinking.

Course content

Topics covered                    


1 Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and radiation

3 Waves

4 Mechanics and materials

5 Electricity

          Additional units for A Level

6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics

9 Turning points in physics










Entry requirements

Grade BB in Double Science or Grade B in physicsGCSE and Grade B in Maths.







Paper 1 – Long and short answer questions


Paper 2

Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis

Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content

Section C: 30 multiple choice questions

50% of AS Level


50% of AS Level




Paper 1 – Long, short and multiple choice questions on topics 1-6.1


Paper 2 – Long, short and multiple choice questions on Topics 6.2 – 8


Paper 3 – Long and short answer questions.

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Section 9 – Turning points in Physics

34% of A Level


34% of A Level



32% of A Level


Future opportunities

Suggested Career Paths

  • Engineering
  • Audiologist
  • Radiographer
  • Medical physics
  • Telecommunications

Skills Developed

  • Mathematical/Data Handling
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • IT

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Course code: AQA A