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A Level in Physics at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description


Studying Physics you will understand how the world around you operates and how laws govern our entire universe.

Course content

AS (7407)

Topic 1: Measurements and their errors

Topic 2: Particles and radiation

Topic 3: Waves

Topic 4: Mechanics and Materials

Topic 5: Electricity


A2 (7408)

Topic 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics

Topic 7: Fields and their consequences

Topic 8: Nuclear Physics

One Optional Topic from following:

- Astrophysics

- Medical Physics

- Engineering Physics

-Turning points in physics

- Electronics


Students are encouraged to attend external lectures and revision conferences.

Entry requirements

- GCSE Physics (triple science) minimum grade B

- GCSE Science Core minimum grade A and GCSE Additional Science minimum grade B

In addition to one of the options above; GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade A) is also required.

Students must pass an entrance exam before commencement of the course.



Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA - 7407 (AS) and 7408 (A2)


AS (7407)

Paper 1 - 50% (1hr 30 min exam)


Paper 2 - 50% (1hr 30 min exam)



A2 (7408)

Paper 1 - 34% (2hr exam)

Paper 2 - 34% (2hr exam)

Paper 3 - 32% (2hr exam)

Practical Endorsement - Assessed throughout year, pass or fail mark recorded.

Future opportunities

A Physics qualification can lead to any technological or engineering based career such as robotics, mechanical/civil engineering, medical physics and nanotechnology.

Further information

For further information contact Mrs J Igoe, Head of Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September