The AQA Physics A syllabus is one of the most widely followed and easy to understand A-level physics courses available.  It is also highly respected by Universities as a course which gives an excellent grounding for those who wish to go onto to study scientific or engineering courses.

Physics can be studied as either a standalone AS course for one year, or as a full 2 year A-level course.  All students will sit the AS exams at the end of the first year, with those going on to the second year of the course sitting further exams, in which the full range of content from across the two years will be examined.

Whichever option you choose, you will study fascinating topics and carry out engaging practical work throughout the year.

 Unit Titles:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics
  9. Astrophysics


 Examination Details:

AS – 2 written papers, each of which is 1hr 30 min


A-Level – 3 written papers, each of which is 2 hrs.





What qualifications do I need?

This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘5’ or above in Science. GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade ‘4’ or above would be an advantage, as this course demands a good literacy, wide range of vocabulary and competency in maths and statistics.


Students will be supplied with a copy of the core text book for each year of the course in return for a fully refundable deposit. You will be expected to provide yourself with an appropriate scientific calculator. Supplementary reading is advised to broaden your scope of knowledge and we can recommend appropriate revision guides.


Assessment for AS Physics involves 2 written papers examining all AS topics (Topics 1-5) including practical skills and data analysis. Each paper has a weighting of 50% of the AS-level qualification.

Assessment for the full A-level involves 3 written papers.  Paper 1 examines Topics 1-5 and part of Topic 6, and is worth 34% of the A-level.  Paper 2 examines Topics 1-8 and is also worth 34%.  Finally, Paper 3 examines practical skills, data analysis, and Topic 9 and is worth 32% of the A-level.

General Comments

There is a strong emphasis on guided independent study and research throughout the course. The successful student will be well organised and highly motivated, making good use of private study time to explore further aspects of the syllabus or the subject in general.

Future Prospects

A GCE qualification in Physics will enable you to consider a wide range of degree and career prospects including business and marketing, accountancy, teaching, finance, IT, computer programming, any form of scientific research and development, scientific journalism and of course particularly any aspect of physics or engineering.

Employers value the analytical skills of physicists highly as experience shows them that these can be applied in a surprising variety of ways.

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Mr Allen asks a couple of our Y12 students about the A-level Physics course

Mr Allen asks some of our Y13 students about the Physics course and why they chose it.