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Physics A Level at Kineton High School

Course description

A Level Physics continues the work you have done at GCSE in helping you to explain many situations which might happen to you; for example why a glass of water will shatter if you hit the right note. By the end of the course, you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of many aspects of this fascinating subject, preparing you for Higher Education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.

Course content

AS and first year of A Level

1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and radiation including antiprotons, antineutrons, pions, kaons & quarks
3. Quantum Phenomena
4. Waves including superposition and interference
5. Mechanics and materials including motion of projectiles
6. Electricity extending the GCSE understanding of electrical circuits

Second year of A Level

7. Further mechanics and thermal physics including simple harmonic motion and kinetic theory
8. Fields and their consequences including behaviour of gravitational and electric fields
9. Nuclear physics developing and extending the understanding of radioactive decay from GCSE

Plus the opportunity to study one of the following options – to be confirmed by Mr Richardson
10. Astrophysics
11. Medical physics
12. Engineering physics
13. Turning point physics
14. Electronics

AQA provide a list of 12 required practical activities that students must carry out. Exam questions will be based on these activities. There will also be additional practical activities within each topic help further understanding.

Entry requirements

In order to study Physics A Level you will need to achieve grade A or above in GCSE Additional Science. Students who achieve a high grade B will be considered if they achieve grade 7 or above in Mathematics.


AQA have developed their AS and A Level with the GCSE in mind to ensure seamless progression between qualifications, with continuity of content and question type. They have also worked with universities to ensure that you develop the skills and knowledge that universities want to see.

- All exams at the end of the course.
- The AS is a stand-alone qualification, which doesn’t contribute to the A Level grade.
- New assessment objectives.
- The minimum total number of hours for exams is 3 hours for AS and 6 hours for A Level.
- 10% of the total A Level marks require the use of Level 2 (higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills.
- There will be no internal assessment, in other words no coursework or controlled assessment.
- Practical work will be assessed in written papers. 15% of the total A Level marks will be for practical skills.
- A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate, otherwise it will not be reported.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kineton High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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