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Physics A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

The A Level Physics course encourages students to think logically, visualise problems and be creative in providing solutions.  You will develop essential knowledge and understanding in theoretical physics and in the applications of physics and you will develop the skills needed to apply theory to new and changing situations. You will develop your practical skills to be able to accurately record, analyse and evaluate data. You will become confident in applying mathematical techniques to physical situations, and gain some insight into the wonders of modern physics.

Course content

A Level Core content

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics


   12 Turning points in Physics




The A Level course is assessed by written exams:

· Paper 1 (34%) - Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion).

  • Paper 2 (34%) - Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8; assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1.

· Paper 3 (32%) – Part 1 Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis; Part 2 section 12.


Further details can be found on the AQA website (Physics-7408)

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Higher GCSE Physics OR grade 6 in Higher GCSE Trilogy (Combined Science). At least grade 6 in GCSE Maths and at least grade 4 in GCSE English.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is a good choice for students considering any science-based course in higher education, including Physics, Mathematics and Mechanical, Civil or Aeronautical Engineering.


Mathematics is important to those students wishing to take physics further. Other subjects which combine well with Physics are the other sciences and Geography. Employers today respect and seek out people who have learnt to think logically and clearly, know how to solve problems, are creative and love a challenge. These are exactly the sort of qualities a student will develop through the study of Physics.


A Level Mathematics is recommended but not essential.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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