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

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

I chose MPW because of the academic support provided by the college, which was instrumental in helping me throughout the challenging nature of my one-year A level courses. The weekly Timed Assignments and assistance provided by the Personal Tutor system helped me in areas I had previously struggled. Playing for the college football team was a great release from the challenging academic nature of the year and it helped me build friendships with other students in the college.

Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

The best part about studying at MPW is the friendly, encouraging and supportive classroom environment that MPW provides.  It makes asking for help and reaching your potential easy and enjoyable. The college really helps students to believe in themselves.  The Personal Tutor system is great because it is available for you to use to whatever extent you might need whether that be having weekly meetings or meeting every now and then for a quick catch up to analyse my current progress.  The weekly Timed Assignments have also enabled me to build my confidence in the build up to my exams.  They help you to feel comfortable in an exam environment, as well as enable you to consolidate the material you need to recall in the final exams

Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

“Having not achieved the grades I wanted or needed in my A levels at my previous college I decided that retaking would be the best option for me.  I have found the small classes at MPW to be a real asset, and that, coupled with the fantastic teaching, has certainly enabled me to grow academically. Further to this, both the academic support and the university guidance provided by the college have been exceptional.”

Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

After failing to get into Dental School last year I lost a lot of confidence and was worried that I might never get into my dream course.  The one-to-one support you get from MPW is so much more efficient compared to the main stream schools and colleges. The individual help you get for applying to University which includes interview support is amazing. No matter if you are a resit or a first time student, no one judges you and as long as you are hardworking and want to be a success.

Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

I joined MPW because I wanted to be part of a close knit community that focuses on helping students attain the grades they are really capable of.  Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who assists them in all aspects of student life.  I would recommend the individual and personally tailored care given to any student looking to expand their academic horizons.  The encouragement and support has allowed me to aim high and achieve results that I had previously thought weren't possible. 

Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

I joined MPW having not fulfilled my academic potential during my AS level exams at my previous school. I decided to retake my AS year at MPW and it was the best decision I ever made. The tutors at MPW have pushed me to achieve my maximum potential and have greatly improved my academic performance. The best part of studying at MPW is the weekly timed assignments as they ensure that you continuously review and revise work as well as helping you to make weekly improvements on exam technique.

Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

Throughout my time at MPW I have been provided with constant support.  The college has prepared me for not only my exams but also the university interviews I attended.  It has been an amazing experience from start to finish.  The friendly and welcoming environment created by the staff and students made it an ideal setting for me to concentrate on achieving my targets.

Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

I came to MPW with very low self-confidence after under-achieving at AS level at my previous school, and have left with greater confidence about my academic ability and with a definite degree of clarity about what I hope to achieve in terms of my career. My experience at my previous school was that those with Oxbridge potential receive the most support and attention. This is not the case at MPW. I have found that it does not matter about that what the student's potential may be, each student receives the same amount of help to achieve their goals.