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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code Ph
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Our A-level Physics specifications will help you to inspire students, nurture their passion for the subject and lay the foundations for further study and the workplace. Practical work is at the heart of all good science teaching, and the required practical activities will give students the opportunity to embed their skills and knowledge

Details

YEAR 12

During the A level course you will complete the following units: 

Particles and radiation 

Waves and optics

Materials and Mechanics

Electricity

There is a great emphasis on continual assessment of practical work. It provides an exciting challenge for students interested in finding out about the world around us. 

There is some mathematical work in the A level course. This is covered as part of the A level teaching. 

The study of mathematics is NOT a pre-requisite of this course. 

YEAR 13

The units are: 

Further mechanics and thermal physics

Fields

Nuclear physics

The choice of an optional topic from: - Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning points in Physics, and Electronics.

Again there is a continual assessment of the practical work.


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed 

written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 2 

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1 

Assessed 

written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper 3 

What's assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 

Assessed 

written exam: 2 hours

80 marks

32% of A-level

Questions

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. 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Physics if you followed the triple science course. 6-6 in paper 1 & 2, the Physics modules if you studied Combined science.

Higher tier maths at grade 5 or study Core Maths.


Your next steps...

Physicists have many of the transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. They are analytical and creative and are experts at problem solving. The following are examples of jobs that people with A level Physics do: careers in medicine and health care, veterinary medicine, product design, architecture, computer industry (including computer games design), meteorology, environmental conservation and engineering (mechanical, aeronautical, civil etc)

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