A Level

Physics at A-Level

Physics is the study of the range of science dealing with matter and energy, and the relationships between them. Being a science subject, practical work is an important element of the study.

Course Outline -

Exam Board: AQA
Exam Reference: Physics A (7407 & 7408)

Physics A Level Specification

To help with homework or to enrich students' understanding, the Preparing For A Level Physics page contains an evergrowing list of useful web sites for A Level.

For more information on the teaching timetable for Year 12 and 13, click here.

Year 12

There are 11 lessons per fortnight, shared between two teachers. The new specification consists of the following units for Year 12:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and Radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electricity

Year 13

There are 12 lessons per fortnight, shared between two teachers. The units covered are:

  • Further Mechanics & Thermal Physics
  • Fields & Their Consequences
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics

Investigative & Practical Skills

As part of the course, all students must complete a series of 12 practical assessments during the two year course. Whilst their is no separate written examination on these practicals, questions about them can appear in their final examinations.

Further Study and Careers

With a qualification in Physics, you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Physics or one of the other sciences or related subjects. Physics is also an ideal pathway to a career in the science-based industry, or in engineering or even finance.