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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

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PHYSICS (A LEVEL)

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AQA

INTRODUCTION

Students will build on their GCSE knowledge of Physics, whether they have studied separate Physics GCSE or Science and Additional Science GCSEs.  They will also be introduced to completely new concepts such as Particle Physics and Special Relativity.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The first year consists of five units – Measurements, Particles, Waves, Mechanics and Electricity.

The second year consists of three further units – Further Mechanics, Fields and Nuclear Physics plus an optional unit, with a choice of Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning Points in Physics and Electronics.

ASSESSMENT

Students take three 120 minute exams that cover the content of the eight units plus the option that the student has chosen.  There is further testing of the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of scientific information.

GENERAL COMMENTS

To take A level physics you need a good grade in GCSE Science and Additional Science or in GCSE Physics.  Your mathematical ability must be good although you do not necessarily need to take A level Maths.

PROGRESSION

A level Physics is required for engineering and for a range of scientific careers.  It is seen by many university admissions tutors as a sign that you can think clearly and logically.

ENTRY REQUIRMENTS

In order to study A level Physics you will need to have at least grade 6 in GCSE Physics or a Double Award Science.

It is recommended that you have at least a grade 7 in Double Award Science if you intend to take more than one science subject at A level.

If you have any questions regarding A level physics please see Mr Cawthorne, Dr Aggett or Mr Bouic.