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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 Trilogy Science.  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

Electricity

The second year consists of three further units:

Further Mechanics

Fields and Nuclear Physics

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 Physics or Trilogy Science.  Your mathematical ability must be good, although you do not necessarily need to take A level Maths; but it is recommended.

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 Trilogy Science Grades 6-6.

It is recommended that you have at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

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