PHYSICS

LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA (SPECIFICATION A)
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FOR STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 99% IN 2018

In this course you will study how the laws of physics enable us to make sense of the universe. The course involves a mixture of theory and practical work and the links between the two are regularly emphasised. If you opt to study Physics, you must study A Level Mathematics. The content of your Mathematics A Level will assist you in understanding the more complex components of the Physics syllabus.

Wherever possible, we try to incorporate practical work relevant to the theory being studied. This means that practical work is performed regularly and through this students become accurate and reliable experimenters. Theory is taught through presentations, small group work and individual practice and interactive technology.

Students with A Level Physics are highly sought after and follow careers in a wide range of areas such as Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Earth Science, Materials Science, Health, Architecture and the Financial Sector.

“Physics is definitely an A Level worth considering as the teaching style accommodates all levels of enthusiasm and background knowledge of the subject, and it is obviously a very useful A Level to have. It is also noteworthy that the weekly homework is always relevant and is designed to help you pass the exam – so make sure you do it! “

Physics A Level Student

This course is a two year programme, within this you will study content such as:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanic and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanic and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language.

GCSE Physics/Science minimum grade 6.

Will I need Physics for my career?

Engineering at university will require Physics in most cases. Obviously, if you intend to study Physics, Electronics or other closely-related subjects, Physics will be essential. However, students with Physics A Level are particularly highly sought after, as they have attributes such as excellent problem solving skills which are much in demand. For example, many medical schools and Business/Economics departments appreciate the abilities that Physics A Level students have, and look upon such students favourably.

What other opportunities does A Level Physics offer?

Huish students regularly take part in the international Olympiad.