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Physics AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

We follow the AQA specification for both AS and A-level Physics. The course will develop a much deeper understanding of some familiar topics from GCSE and introduce whole new areas of theory.

Theory lessons will concentrate on the students’ understanding of physical concepts, with a particular focus on the development of analytical and problem solving skills. Practical work is undertaken to link theory to reality and develop scientific investigative skills. Progressisregularly monitored using exam style assessments.

Course content

AS Level:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

In addition to the five core topics of the AS level there are three additional core topics and one option topic.

  • Further mechanics and thermal Physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Option topic

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


AS Level 100% assessed by written exam at the end of Year 12

  • Paper 1 – Core topics (1 hr 30mins, 50%)
  • Paper 2 – Core topics & practical skills and data analysis (1hr 30mins, 50%)

A-level 100% assessed by written exam at the end of Year 13

  • Paper 1 - Core topics (2hrs, 34%)
  • Paper 2 - Core topics (2hrs, 34%)
  • Paper 3 - Practical skills and data analysis & option topic (2hrs, 32%)

Future opportunities

Physics is a solid choice for students considering a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, Computing, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and environmental science. Physics will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the engineering or electronics sectors.

Further information

Physics complements study in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. Due to the mathematical content in the specification it is strongly recommended that student study at least Level 3 Core Mathematics or AS Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.