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Physics A Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

To develop essential knowledge and understanding in Physics, the application of Physics and the skills needed to use Physics in new and changing situations. To develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and foster experimental skills. To show the importance of Physics as a human endeavour which interacts with social, philosophical, economic and industrial matters.

Course content

The AS content.
Periodic Motion
Thermal Physics
Fields and Their Consequences
Nuclear Physics
*One of the AQA optional topics.

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths. Specific entry requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE physics or Trilogy Science. Grade 6 in Maths.


Paper 1: 2 hr (85 marks)
Written exam drawing on all areas of AS content
and Periodic Motion.
Short and long answer questions (60 marks) and 25
multiple choice questions.

Paper 2: 2 hr (85 marks)
Written exam drawing mostly on the topic areas
Thermal Physics, Fields and Their Consequences,
and Nuclear Physics though any of the content may
also be drawn upon.

Paper 3: 2 hr written paper (80 marks)
Section A: Short and long questions on practical
skills and data analysis (45 marks).
Section B: Questions on Astrophysics*. Short and
long answer questions (35 marks).

Practical endorsement. Teacher assessment of skills
throughout the course. This does not contribute to
the A level grade. Students who pass this
assessment will have “pass” attached to the A level

Future opportunities

Physics students go onto a vast and varied range of pathways post-18. Science and physics based degrees including medicine, meteorology, natural sciences, engineering and architecture. Physics is a respected ‘facilitating’ subject for most degree choices including those of a non-science nature. Students have also gone directly into employment and modern apprenticeships rather than choosing a conventional higher education route.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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