BOURNE ACADEMY SIXTH FORM

A-level
Physics

  • Examination board: AQA
  • Course length: 2 years

Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for the Academic or Combination study pathway. In addition they must have GCSE Grade 7 in Combined Science Trilogy OR Grade 7 in Physics and Grade 7 in Maths (or equivalent at BTEC Level 2).

Students follow the AQA specification for A-level. The specification has been designed to provide a traditional approach to teaching Physics and develop interest and enthusiasm for the subject, including further study and careers. It will also illustrate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy.

YEAR ONE

  • Topic 1 – Measurement and their errors
  • Topic 2 – Particles and Radiation
  • Topic 3 – Waves
  • Topic 4 – Mechanics
  • Topic 5 – Electricity

YEAR TWO

  • Topic 6 – Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Topic 7 – Fields
  • Topic 8 – Nuclear Physics
  • Optional Topic – Choose from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning points in Physics, Electronics

Paper 1: Topics 1-5 and periodic motion

  • 34% of total A-level marks. 2 hours duration

Paper 2: Topics 6-8

  • 34% of total A-level marks. 2 hours duration

Paper 3: Practical Skills, Data Analysis and Optional Topic

  • 32% of total A-level marks. 2 hours duration

A-level Physics is widely accepted and a very well-respected entry qualification for higher education. Physics offers challenging, exciting and productive careers. As a career, Physics covers many specialised fields from acoustics, astronomy and astrophysics to medical physics, geophysics and is a requirement for medicine and veterinary science. Physics offers a variety of work activities such as laboratory research, technical, teaching, engineering, surveying, management. This qualification opens doors to employment opportunities throughout the world in government, industry, schools and private organisations.

If you have any questions about this subject please email sixthform@bourneacademy.org or call 01778 391246.

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