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AS/A2 Physics at Trinity Sixth Form Consortium

Course description


A Level—Level 3—AQA 7408


The full A Level consists of two years, with all examinations taking place at the end of the course. There is still an option to complete an AS Physics qualification, but this will not contribute to the full A Level

The first year of the course consists of 5 topics:

1 – Measurements and their errors

2 – Particles and Radiation

3 – Waves

4 – Mechanics and materials

5 – Electricity


The above units units will also contribute to the standalone AS Physics course.



The second year of the course consists of 3 core and 1 optional unit:


6 – Further Mechanics and thermal physics

7 – Fields and their consequences

8 – Nuclear physics


One option chosen from:


9 – Astrophysics

10 – Medical physics

11 –  Engineering physics

12 – Turning points in physics

13 – Electronics


There are also 12 core practicals that must be completed during the course, which will be examined on a written paper. 



Course content

The course at St John Fisher is taught by two teachers who share 6 lessons a week. Each student is provided with a textbook for the specification. Theory lessons are taught and practice problems are set to answer. Maths support is available for those who need it and access to “MyMaths” is arranged. All students have a double lesson each week which is usually practically based.


There is a residential visit to CERN in Geneva at the end of the year 12.


Entry requirements

Grade B pass in Physics or Grade B in Additional Science at GCSE.




AS Physics

Unit 1- Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity will be taken in June and Unit 2- Mechanics, materials and waves will be taken in June. Each is worth 40% of the AS (and 20% of the full ‘A’ level)

Unit 3- Investigative and Practical skills, is worth 20% of the AS (and 10% of the full ‘A’ level) and is taken in class during the spring term.

A2 Physics

Unit 4– Field and further mechanics will be taken in June and is worth 20% of A2

Unit 5– Nuclear and Thermal Physics and the option, this will be taken in June and is worth 20% of the ‘A’ level.

Unit 6– Investigative and Practical Skills: is worth 20% of the A2 and will be taken in class during the spring term.



Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Physics is a valuable qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers. The number of careers involving Physics is vast, from medical Physics to engineering, to optometry and architecture.


Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years