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Physics A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

Physicists seek explanation for natural phenomena. This course will suit you if you want to find out how the world around us works, how different systems interact and what fundamental underlying principles govern these interactions. You will need a competent level of English and Maths. It helps if you study AS level Maths but it is not a requirement. To achieve high grades in this course you will need to be hard working and be willing to read around the subject.

Course content

Year 12

Core content:

1 Measurements and their Errors

2. Particles and Radiation

3. Waves

4. Mechanics and Materials

5. Electricity

Year 13

6. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear Physics

9. Plus an option module (Astrophysics)

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

You will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics or 6-6 in Combined Science, and GCSE Maths. BTEC Science is not adequate preparation for A level and students with this qualification will not be considered. You will also need at least a grade 5 in GCSE English.


A-level - Examined Summer 2020

Paper 1 - 2hrs – Sections 1-5 and 6.1 - written paper

Paper 2 - 2hrs – Sections 6.2 and 7,8 - written paper

Paper 3 – 2hrs – Practical skills and data analysis and option module- written paper

Non-exam assessment - based on experiments done over the course of the two years - Pass or Fail based on teacher-assessment.

Financial information

There are no associated costs with this course.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Physics opens up the possibility of a very wide range of careers, from a degree in physics, engineering, medicine or medical physics, to a video game designer, a fashion technologist or a fighter pilot.  The skills of in depth analysis and practical work will prove useful in future life.

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: 08 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years

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