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Physics AQA A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan
You will study the workings of the universe, from the ordered motion of stars and galaxies to the bizarre quantum behaviour of the tiniest particles. Studying Physics gives us the ability to analyse physical experiences to gain a deeper understanding of our wonderful universe, and, in a very real sense, predict the future (with measurable uncertainty!)
At Poynton High School, all the Physics teachers are highly qualified specialists with a passion and commitment to encourage our students to develop and enjoy their youthful curiosity, which Richard Feynman called “the pleasure of finding things out”.
In previous years, students in Year 12 have attended a Physics taster day at Manchester University’s Schuster Laboratory, while Year 13 travelled to CERN, Geneva to find out about current particle physics research using the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Measurements and their errors • Particles and radiation • Waves • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Plus: Practical Skills and Data analysis
A Level
As AS plus
  • Periodic motion • Thermal Physics • Fields and their consequences • Nuclear physics
  • One option (tbc) from:
  • Astrophysics • Medical physics • Engineering physics • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics


Course content

Learning Method:
New concepts are taught with practical experiences to link theory to reality. Experiments play a key role in Physics and throughout the course practical skills are developed so that students gain the knowledge and confidence to design valid investigations of their own. Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation for mathematical techniques, which provide the tools for Physicists to predict and analyse real-world behaviour.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE level including a BB or above in Core and Additional Science or a B in GCSE Physics and one other science subject. (Higher level examination papers must have been taken in this subject.)
  • You must also be continuing your study of Mathematics in the Sixth Form. Additionally it is advisable that you have achieved a B grade in Mathematics GCSE.


  • Unit 1 (1.5 hours) (50% AS) – all 5 topics (see below)
  • Unit 2 (1.5 hours) (50% AS) – Practical skills and Data analysis, including knowledge of Paper 1
A Level
  • Unit 1(2 hours) (34% A2) – all 5 AS topics, plus Periodic motion
  • Unit 2 (2 hours) (34% A2) – Thermal Physics, Fields and Nuclear Physics, including knowledge of Paper 1
  • Unit 3 (2 hours) (32% A2) – Practical skills, Data analysis, plus one of the optional topics

Future opportunities

Students go on to study a wide range of subjects at university having studied physics at A level. In recent years, their physics qualification has enabled them to access courses in Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Natural Sciences, Aviation Technology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

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