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AS/A2 Physics at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

What will I learn?

The full A Level consists of two years, with all examination taking place at the end of the course. There is still an option to complete an AS Physics qualification but this will not contribute to the full A Level.

The first year of the course consists of 5 topics:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Paricles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

The above units will also contribute to the standalone AS Physics course.

The second year of hte course consists of 3 core and 1 optional unit:

         6. Further Mechanics and thermal physics

         7.Fields and their consequences

         8.Nuclear physics

One option chosen from:

         9. Astrophysics

        10.Medical physics

        11.Engineering physics

        12.Turning points in physics


There are also 12 core practicals that must be completed during the course, which will be examined on a written paper.





Course content

 The course at St John Fisher is taught by two teachers who share 6 lessons a week. Each student is provided with a textbook for the specification. Theory lessons are taught and practice problems are set to answer. Maths support is available for those who need it and access to “MyMaths” is arranged. All students have a double lesson each week which is usually practically based.


There is a residential visit to CERN in Geneva at the end of the year 12.


Entry requirements

Grade B pass in Physics or Grade B in Additional Science at GCSE.



The full A Level Physics will be assessed at the end of the two years, there is no coursework. There will be 3 papers each of which will be 2 hours long.

Paper 1 -Topics 1 to 5 (see "what i will learn")

Paper 2- Topics 6 to 8(see "what i will learn")

Paper 3- Practical skills and data analysis(based upon the compulsory practical work) and the option

If the AS Physics is sat in the first year, the assessment for this will consist of two papers, each 1.5 hours long:

Paper 1 -Topics 1 to 5 (see "what i will learn")

Paper 2- Topics 1 to 5 (see "what i will lean") and practical skills nd data analysis (based upon the compulsory practical work)


Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Physics is a valuable qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers. The number of careers involving Physics is vast, from medical Physics to engineering, to optometry and architecture.


Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 7408

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mark Stevens
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782615636
    • Email address: