Subject Area: Sciences
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
You will need grade 6 in two single science GCSE’s (including Physics) or grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above.
What will I study?
Physics is a fundamental science subject, which involves studying the world of matter and energy, and has a key part to play in modern science and technology. It seeks to explain everything from the interior of the atom to the largest galaxies in the Universe, and examines living as well as non-living things. You will come to understand some of the main ideas and methods of physics and learn to apply your knowledge to solve problems.
The topics you will study are:
Measurements and Errors, Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity, Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Fields and their Consequences, Nuclear Physics, and Astrophysics.
Your practical skills will be assessed through 12 activities across the two year A level, leading to a separate certificate called a Practical Endorsement, recognised by many universities. Exams will test your knowledge and understanding, with practical-based questions forming at least 15% of the total A level assessment. 40% of the marks will require the use of higher tier GCSE Maths.
An A level in physics could lead to careers in any of the following fields and many more: engineering, medicine and medical physics, industry (electronics, aerospace, automotive), meteorology, computing, material science, scientific Civil Service (research, patents, defence), communications, environmental physics (radiation, pollution control), education, and geophysics (mining, oil prospecting).
Did you know?
Over a working lifetime, the average physics graduate earns 30% more than someone holding just A Levels