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Physics A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

We are looking for students with enthusiasm to understand the physical world around them and with the determination to be successful. It is not a requirement that students studying Physics also study Maths, but a good grasp of basic algebra is essential and combined study of A Level Maths would be beneficial. Please note that about 40% of the total marks in the A Level Physics exams will require the use of Level 2 (Higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills. The AQA Physics A specification is based around a common core of knowledge and skills and provides the skills and knowledge required to progress into Higher Education in a wide range of subjects such as Physics and Engineering as well as Medicine, Oceanography, Meteorology and Veterinary Sciences.

Course content

Unit 1:
Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
Unit 2:
Mechanics, Materials and Waves
Year 12 Practical Components include 6 standard investigations assessed in the final examination paper
Unit 3:
Fields and Further Mechanics
Units 4 and 5:
Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and an Optional Topic from a choice of Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics or Turning Points in Physics or Electronics
Year 13 Practical Components include 6 standard investigations assessed in the final examination paper

Entry requirements

Students will require Grade 7 from the Physics components of GCSE Core and Additional Science or a Grade 7 from GCSE Separate Award Physics. In addition students will require Grade 7 in GCSE Maths.


The A Level course is assessed by three 2 hour terminal examinations. Papers will cover the knowledge content and application of Physics concepts in Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and will include a mix of long and short answer questions, along with a number of multiple choice sections. The 12 standard practical tasks which are used to gather data and assess skills are also formally assessed in the terminal examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highworth Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September