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Physics A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Course content

AS Physics lasts one year, with exams at the end. A-level Physics lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. The table below shows the topics covered in each year.

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and energy
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear physics
  • Plus one option from the following – Astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics, electronics

Entry requirements

6 A* - C grades at GCSE plus a grade 5 or above in both English (Lit and / or Lang) and Maths.
Science: Triple Award = A or above in science to be studied; Dual Award = AA


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Physics are based on what you learned in your practicals. The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Future opportunities

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: healthcare scientist, medical physics, research scientist (physical sciences), meteorologist, structural engineer, product/process development scientist, systems developer. The opportunities are endless.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kensington Aldridge Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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