A Level Physics (Reformed 2015)

What is Physics?

Physics is the study of the forces, particles, interactions and types of energy in the Universe. At A level it involves studying phenomena from the very smallest fundamental particles to the vast nature of the cosmos.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

A level Physics is suitable for students who:

  • Have an interest in, and enjoy Physics
  • Wish to pursue a career in the sciences, engineering, medicine, architecture etc.
  • Enjoy solving logical problems and carrying out investigations

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

As well as covering Sections 1 – 5 a series of set practicals will be included in the course to ensure students have the necessary skills for progressing to further study in whatever field.

AS Specification AQA 7407

 

The core content for the AS level course is:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Assessment

Paper 1: Sections 1-5 from the above
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 70 marks, 50% of AS
Questions: Short and long answer questions split by topic

Paper 2: Sections 1-5 from the above
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 70 marks, 50% of AS
Questions: Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis, Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content, Section C: 30 multiple choice questions

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Johnson, Hewett, Holt, Miller  Advanced Physics for You  Nelson Thornes 
Adams, Allday  Advanced Physics  Oxford 
Akrill, Bennet and Millar  Practice in Physics  Hodder 
Details of AQA’s recommended course books will be given once they have been published.

A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

The A2 course of study builds on the foundations laid at AS and students are expected to carry out a great deal of independent work to develop a broad understanding of the key concepts.

A2 Specification AQA 7408

 

A level Physics requires topics 1-5, plus:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Assessment

Paper 1: Sections 1-5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)
Written exam: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A-level

Paper 2: Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 (and assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1)
Written exam: 2 hours, 85 marks, 34% of A-level

Paper 3: Section A: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Student enter for one of the available options
Written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks, 32% of A-level
Questions: 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis, 35 marks of short and long answer questions on the optional topic

 

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Johnson, Hewett, Holt, Miller  Advanced Physics for You  Nelson Thornes 
Adams, Allday  Advanced Physics  Oxford 
Akrill, Bennet and Millar  Practice in Physics  Hodder 

Details of AQA’s recommended course books will be given once they have been published.

Full specification details