A Level Physics

Subject content

Students will cover all of the following:
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

Students will cover a choice of the following:
9 Astrophysics
10 Medical physics
11 Engineering physics
12 Turning points in physics
13 Electronics

Assessment

Paper 1
What’s assessed?
1 Measurements and their errors
2 Particles and radiation
3 Waves
4 Mechanics and materials
5 Electricity
6.1 Periodic motion

How’s it assessed?
Written exam
2 hours
85 marks
34% of AS
Mix of long and short questions

Paper 2
What’s assessed?
6.2 Thermal Physics
7 Fields and their consequences
8 Nuclear physics
Assumed knowledge of topics 1-6.1

How’s it assessed?
Written exam
2 hours
85 marks
34% of A-level

Paper 3
What’s assessed?
Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B Students enter for one of the following topics:
9 Astrophysics
10 Medical physics
11 Engineering physics
12 Turning points in physics
13 Electronics

How’s it assessed?
Written exam
2 hours
80 marks
32% of A-level

Other year 12 options

A Level routeBTEC routeBlended route
Students pick 3 or 4 A LevelsStudents pick 1 BTEC and also can take L3 MathsStudents take a single BTEC and 2 A Levels
MathematicsExtended Diploma ComputingExtended Certificate Applied Science
Further MathematicsExtended Diploma Biomedical ScienceExtended Certificate Computing
PhysicsLevel 3 Mathematical Studies+ 2 A Levels from column 1 that don't cause an overlap in content
Chemistry
Biology
Computer Science
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