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Physics A Level (AQA) at Brigshaw High School and Language College

Course description

The Physics course is designed to give students a real understanding of how Physics can relate to real world experiences. The course offers a great foundation for future study and focusses on the key areas associated with this.  You can also expect a good balance between theory and the supporting mathematics. There will also be lots of opportunities to develop Key Skills as well as practical technique. 

Course content

In the first year you will study five topic areas;


·         Measurements and their errors

·         Particles and radiation

·         Waves

·         Mechanics and materials

·         Electricity


In the second year of the course you will go on to study a further four topic areas (one of which is optional), which build on the knowledge and understanding developed in year 1;


·         Further mechanics and thermal physics

·         Fields and their consequences

·         Nuclear physics


Optional (one of the following)

·         Astrophysics

·         Medical physics

·         Engineering physic

·         Turning points in physics

·         Electronics


Practical work is embedded throughout the units of work and you will complete a minimum of 6 practical activities in each year of the course.   In addition to contributing to your understanding of the physics concepts being studied, these practical activities will also develop your skills in following procedures, applying investigative approaches, using a variety of equipment and materials safely, making and recording observations, and carrying out research to support your practical work.  

Entry requirements

We would expect our A Level Physics students to have at least a B in GCSE Physics and Maths, or B's in both Core and Additional Science alongside a B in Maths


AS level: Two 90 minute written examinations at the end of year 1.

A Level: Three 120 minute written examinations at the end of year 2.


At A level there is also a practical endorsement which assesses your practical skills in the 12 activities carried out throughout the 2 year course.

Future opportunities

Physics is a good subject to choose if you want a career in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Medicine, Chemistry, Law, the Music Industry, Architecture, Biology, Accountancy or Management.

Further information

Please contact Mr Breare

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: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September