A-Level Physics

What Will I learn?

  • Measurements and their errors (Throughout)
  • Particles and radiation (Year 12)
  • Waves (Year 12)
  • Mechanics and materials (Year 12)
  • Electricity (Year 12)
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics (Year 13)
  • Fields and their consequences (Year 13)
  • Nuclear physics (Year 13)
  • Option choice – In Year 13 you will study either Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics or
  • Turning Points in Physics

How Am I Assessed?

Paper 1Modules 1-5 and Periodic motion. Short and long answer questions with 25 multiple choice questions about content2 hours written exam 34%
Paper 2Modules 6-8. Short and long answer questions with 25 multiple choice questions about content2 hours written exam 34%
Paper 3Section A – Compulsory section; practical skills and data analysis
Section B – assessment of optional module
2 hours written exam 32%
Non-exam assessment- Practical endorsement for physicsCandidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate competence. Performance is then reported separately to the A Level grade.Non-exam Reported separately

What Career Options Do I Have?

  • Engineering
  • Astronomy
  • Robotics
  • Physicist
  • Renewable energies
  • Computer science
  • Communications
  • Electrician
  • Sports technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Construction
  • Radiographer
  • Publishing
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Geotechnician Lawyer
  • Quantum physicist
  • Airline pilot
  • Medical physicist
  • Ministry of Defence engineer
  • Plus many more!

Examination Board: AQA