PHYSICS A LEVEL

WES

Exam board: AQA

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE

General qualifications for your chosen pathway (see website What to study/LaSWAP pathways)

6 or above in combined science or physics

6 or above in maths

YEAR 12 COURSE SPECIFICATION

In year 12 you will study 5 topics:

 

Topic 1 Measurement and their errors

Topic 2 Particles and radiation

Topic 3 Waves

Topic 4 Mechanics and materials

Topic 5 Electricity

YEAR 13 COURSE SPECIFICATION

In year 13 you will study 5 topics:

 

Topic 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

Topic 7 Fields

Topic 8 Nuclear physics

Topic 9 Thermodynamics

 

Plus one of the following topics:

Option 1 Astrophysics

Option 2 Medical physics

Option 3 Engineering physics

Option 4 Turning points in physics

Option 5 Electronics

LEARNING AND SKILLS

STUDY SKILLS

* Make clear and careful notes

* Maintain high levels of organisation

* Track your progress against practical skills

* Record evidence of practical skills

 

PRACTICAL SKILLS

* Plan investigations

* Record results

* Analyse data

* Draw conclusions based on evidence

 

MATHS SKILLS

There are many maths skills you must be able to use. The following areas of maths will be used in the physics course.

* Arithmetic and numerical computation (including exponential and logarithmic problems)

* Data handling

* Algebra

* Graph work (including exponential and logarithmic problems)

EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT

exam title and code DESCRIPTION Duration Weighting

Paper 1:

7408/01

60 marks short and long answer questions and 25 marks multiple choice. This paper tests sections 1-5 and 6.1 Periodic motion 2 hours 34% (85 marks)

Paper 2:

7408/02

60 marks short and long answer questions and 25 marks multiple choice. This paper tests Section 6.2 Thermal Physics and sections 7 and 8 2 hours 34% (85 marks)

Paper 3: 7408/03

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic  2 hours 32% (80 marks)

 

FUTURE PROSPECTS

An A level in physics is an excellent stepping stone to any science related degree courses, as well as other non-science based degrees. It will demonstrate an ability to deal with difficult concepts and creative problem solving skills.

Employers from a wide range of industries like to see science A levels on application forms, especially physics.